Iconic rapper and actor Tupac Shakur would have been 46-years-old this coming Friday. He was shot 21 years ago in Las Vegas after watching a boxing match at the MGM Grand. A lot of rap artists then and now could attest that he was one of the people who revolutionized the rap music and culture with his fluid and genuine songs and how he lived his life.
The biopic about Pac All Eyez on Me will be released in the US on June 16, on his birthday. Read our interview with the movie’s director Benny Boom in the Film Issue of STATUS here.
On this week’s Tunesday, here are a few Tupac originals covered by some notable artists who paid tribute to the master of the flow.
“Keep Ya Head Up” – Jhene Aiko
Our October 2016 cover star gave a soulful spin to this hit.
“California Love” – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick began this performance at iHeart Music with a cover of one of Tupac’s most known songs before he started singing his song “M.a.a.d. City.”
“Hail Mary” – Thick as Thieves
This California-based band doing an acoustic version of Tupac’s final single in his album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
“Thugz Mansion” – Mac Miller
A toned down cover version of Tupac’s single in which he describes what he thinks would be a gangster’s happy place. – THE D