Tupac Shakur

Sep
19
Tupac Biopic Headed to the Big Screen

Tupac Shakur

Seventeen years after his death, the legendary Tupac Shakur will be resurrected on the big screen in a new biopic.

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Jul
19
New Music: Casey Veggies – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ (Tupac Cover)

Casey Veggies

L.A. rapper Casey Veggies salutes Tupac Shakur with his cover of the late legend’s 1999 single “Baby Don’t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II).” The Odd Future affiliate recorded the track years ago, but decided to release it in honor of his 20th birthday.

“I did this song a few years ago when I was working on Sleeping in Class,” said Casey. “It’s my birthday so I decided to release it.. thanks for the love.. ima keep going.. rest in peace to Tupac.”

Hear his tribute to ‘Pac below.

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Jul
19
Jhené Aiko Covers Tupac’s ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ for Rap-Up Sessions

In addition to debuting her summertime single “Bed Peace,” Jhené Aiko paid homage to one of her favorite artists, Tupac Shakur, by covering his 1993 hit “Keep Ya Head Up” for Rap-Up Sessions. During her visit to our Hollywood studio, the pretty and petite songstress put an acoustic spin on the hip-hop classic, which she performs live on tour.

The L.A. native grew up listening to the rap legend on the radio. “I think he’s a global icon for speaking your mind, being controversial, and just having something to say in your music,” she told Rap-Up TV. “He had it all—the look, the music, and he really stood for something. Even if you just wanna make the world happy or make ‘em dance, it should be for a reason and not just for personal gain, and I think he really took responsibility for that. He knew the power in music.”

Aside from “Keep Ya Head Up,” her favorite ‘Pac song is “I Get Around.” “If I’m feelin’ sad I’ll put on ‘Keep Ya Head Up,’ but if I’m feelin’ like I just wanna have fun or if it’s a nice summer day, I’ll put on ‘I Get Around.’”

Jhené will release her EP Sail Out later this summer with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, and her rap alter ego J. Hennessy.

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Jun
30
Miguel Covers Tupac’s ‘I Get Around’ in L.A.

Miguel showed love to his hometown by covering Tupac Shakur’s “I Get Around” during the BET Experience at Staples Center on Saturday. The L.A. native performed some choreographed moves and rapped along to the ’90s classic before segueing into his own single “Quickie.”

His 30-minute set also included material off his first two albums and his biggest hit yet, “Adorn.”

Miguel will perform across the street at Nokia Theatre at tonight’s BET Awards, where he is nominated four times.

On September 25, he will hit the road with Drake and Future on the “Would You Like a Tour?” trek.

Apr
1
New Music: Tyga f/ 2Pac & Jadakiss – ‘Hit ‘Em Up’

Hit Em Up

Tyga resurrects Tupac on “Hit ‘Em Up,” a posthumous collaboration off his new album Hotel California. The DJ Mustard-produced track samples the hook from C-Murder’s “Down 4 My Ni**az” and includes a previously unreleased verse from the late West Coast legend.

“A lot of people think it’s a remake of ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ his song—which it’s not a remake, it’s original,” Tyga told MTV News of the song, which borrows its title from Tupac’s 1996 Biggie diss. “When you’re talking about ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ you ain’t really dissing nobody, but you lettin’ it be known that you don’t rock with certain people.”

New York MC Jadakiss also makes an appearance, but Tyga originally had plans to feature another rapper. “I wanted Nicki to be on the song at first and then we never did it, so then I went back to the song later,” he said.

Due April 9, Hotel California also features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Future, 2 Chainz, and Wiz Khalifa.

Take a ride on the west side with T-Raww and Tupac.

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Dec
10
New Music: James Brown and 2Pac – ‘Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)’

Django Unchained

The legendary James Brown and Tupac Shakur rise up on the posthumous collaboration “Unchained,” which serves as the theme song to Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained, in theaters December 25.

The funky mash-up, mixed by Tupac’s engineer Claudio Cueni, takes 2Pac’s hook from “Untouchable” and places it over the Godfather of Soul’s ’70s joint “The Payback,” adding in gunshots and sound bites from the film.

In addition to the late icons, the soundtrack also features contributions from Rick Ross (“100 Black Coffins”) and John Legend (“Who Did That to You?”).

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Aug
21
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Souled Out’ Debut, Love for Kid Cudi and Tupac

Jhené Aiko takes Rap-Up TV on her journey from being signed to Sony/Epic at the age of 12 to touring with B2K to meeting up with No I.D., who brought her to Def Jam. Now at 24, the much-buzzed-about singer has found her own lane and is working on her debut album Souled Out with some help from No I.D. (Kanye West, Nas), KeY Wane (“Amen”), and the Fisticuffs, who produced the majority of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s). She is also eyeing a collabo with Big Sean (Jhené has recorded a song for his next album) and some Top Dawg Entertainment artists.

Kid Cudi is at the top of her wish list. “That’s pretty much one of the only people that I listen to consistently. No matter what he puts out, I’m one of those fans. He can do no wrong in my eyes,” said Jhené, who would also like to collaborate with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.

One artist who’s had a major impact on her career is Tupac Shakur. “He’s an icon for speaking your mind and being you even if it’s controversial,” shared the L.A. native. “He’s been a big inspiration for me just to stick to who I am and to actually stand for something through music.”

Just last month, Jhené lost her older brother to cancer. She penned the touching tribute “For My Brother” in his honor and played it for him on the day he passed away. “It was really special for me and I’m just glad that he got to hear it,” she said.

For more on Jhené, check out her latest music video for “3:16AM.”