New 2Pac single to feature several hip hop stars

2Pac is one of my favorite artists of all-time. Easily someone I can listen to at anytime. So why am I not as excited to see “new 2Pac single” as much as I probably should be?

Well, many will probably feel the same given the girth of posthumous releases involving 2Pac’s unreleased work. We’ve heard a lot of today’s rappers on the same track with ‘Pac by now, some were great, some fell flat, but now there’s one more chance to hear another fantasy collab come to life.

The news today via the The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is to release a new single featuring “several Hip Hop stars,” according to All Hip Hop. The proceeds from the sale of the song will go to help support the upkeep of the foundation’s Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The song will be available for $0.99 at 2Pac.com and alll funds will go to the Shakur Foundation.

So all for a good cause and no matter what, and no matter who’s featured on it, it’ll be a very curious listen to say the least. More on this sooner than later, hopefully.

Sidebar: When searching 2Pac on Twitter for a photo, I came across this cool mash-up of ‘Pac’s “Thugz Mansion” over Bank$’ “Drowning”. The vibe of her production actually meshes really well with the first verse so I figured I’d pass it along here too.

Joe Sample, legendary keyboardist, dies

Joe Sample, legendary jazz/funk keyboardist, has passed away at age 75. The music industry today mourned Sample all over social media, speaking to his legacy that included collaborations with Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Anita Baker, and Steely Dan to name a few. He broke through with his high school jazz group the Jazz Crusaders and even toured with his Creole Joe Band through last year when he started a battle with pneumonia. 

Hip hop fans, you may not know who Joe Sample is, but really you do. One press of the play button below and you’ll recall one of 2Pac’s biggest songs (today being his death anniversary, crazy), as well as one of De La Soul’s too.

You have to have the feel of the music. If you don’t feel this music, you won’t ever be able to perform it.

– Joe Sample

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h/t Variety

2Pac death in new Nat’l Geographic doc

As part of a mega, 6-hour new documentary, National Geographic will take a look back at The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? and it would be remiss not to cover one of the most major murders in hip hop history: Tupac Shakur‘s in 1996.

This chilling preview clip splices in interviews with the likes of Arsenio Hall, Gobi Rahimi, (director of “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”, with 2Pac on the night of his death) and Malcolm Greenridge (of The Outlawz). In fact, the latter had this quotable on the mystery of 2Pac’s murder:

Law enforcement around the country weren’t big Tupac fans. I’m absolutely positive they know what happened. This is America. We found Bin Laden.

A great preview that certainly entices, no matter how closely you’ve wrapped yourself up in the 2Pac murder story over the years. I love documentaries as a whole anyway, so I’ll be sure to hit National Geographic during July 6th-8th starting at 8pm CT.

h/t RollingStone

Tupac’s Last Words

What were Tupac‘s last words? Hint: Two words, spoken to a police officer.

Hah! You’re right.

As revealed by newly retired Las Vegas PD sergeant, Chris Carroll:

He looked at me, and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth. And then the words came out: ‘Fuck you.’

RollingStone has a ton of quotables amidst their story with Carroll, including why he waited til now to reveal the story and a detailed image-filled recall of responding to the scene. It’s really worth the full read, as I’ll just highlight one more quote from Carroll:

On why he waited until now to tell the story:

…and he also didn’t want “Tupac to be a martyr or a hero because he told the cops ‘Fuck you.'”

But wait, isn’t that why people loved Tupac’s gangsta persona?! If anything, this makes him even more of a hero because people like me are like, “Hah! Classic Tupac. He said f you to the police as his dying words,” like we’ve known him from his songs and interviews. Anyway, just thought I’d pass this story along — do you believe it from Carroll?

*presses ‘Play’ and ‘Shuffle’ on 2Pac playlist*

Suge Knight: 2Pac’s not dead

Says Suge Knight to TMZ:

You know he’s somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar.

Suge also says he would “murder P. Diddy’s bitch ass”. I think the only thing that’s missing from the video is Borat in the background yelling “NOT!”. Take it for what it is, folks.