The Duality of Tupac Shakur – “Dear Mama” and “Hit ‘Em Up”

Rap icon Tupac Shakur died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 4:03 p.m. on September 13, 1996, finally succumbing to the four gunshot wounds he suffered six days prior.  It has now been twenty-one years since that fateful afternoon but his music and message are as relevant as ever.

Today, I wanted to share two final excerpts from my upcoming book, Lost in the Whirlwind: A Guide to the Music and World of Tupac Shakur.  The below excerpts describe two of the most important songs he ever recorded: “Dear Mama” and “Hit ‘Em Up.”  I chose those songs, not only because of how important they are to his catalogue and to Hip Hop history, but also because of how each represents a different piece of his divided soul.  I hope that these excerpts will help illuminate why he is such an important artist and increase your understanding of his work.

“DEAR MAMA” excerpt

Me Against the World Mix / Black Queen Club Mix / Pac’s Life Remix  / Original Recording / Music Video / Mother’s Day Live Performance


“HIT ‘EM UP” excerpt

“How Do U Want It” B-side Mix / Nu-Mixx Klazzics Remix / Original Recording / “Fuck Jay-Z” Mix / Music Video / House of Blues Live Performance

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