Honoring all Mother’s around the world, the Tupac Estate has released the official music video of Dear Mama remastered in HD.
Dear Mama would become one of 2pac’s most personal and emotional song. Dedicated to his mother Afeni Shakur, Dear Mama was the lead single off 2pac’s third studio album ‘Me Against The World’, and was produced by Tony Pizarro.
The official music video was released while 2pac was behind bars, and featured his mother Afeni.
Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, touched on the line which ‘Pac touches on his mother’s addiction. “And even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a black queen, mama.”
Writing in his book, Dyson says that this line speaks volumes of Tupac’s maturity. “It allows him to value his mother’s even as he names her affliction. His refusal to lie as he praises her is all too revealing.”
“And even as a crack fiend, Mama
You always was a black queen, Mama
I finally understand
For a woman it ain’t easy tryin’ to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how you did it
There’s no way I can pay you back, but the plan
Is to show you that I understand: you are appreciated,” 2pac Dear Mama, lyrics by Genius.com.
Did you know? Dear Mama Facts
- Tupac did not write Dear Mama in studio, but rather in the bathroom.
- Original version of Dear Mama featured Hip Hop artist Yo-Yo and Richard Prayer on the hook. (More on this story here).
- Peaked at number one on the Billboard charts for U.S. Hot Rap Songs.
The Tupac Estate has also released official merchandise in tribute to Mother’s Day, showcases the new shirts on Instagram with the caption, “Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place. Shop the Mother’s Day collection at the link in bio.”
Part of the collection is a youth t-shirt with 2pac’s signature and quote, “Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place”, and another tee with a photo of 2pac and the words “Dear Mama, You are appreciated”. A baby onesie is also available with the writing of “Dear Mama, You are appreciated” along with 2pac’s signature.