Dear Mama was a dedication for Afeni Shakur by Tupac. Produced by Tony Pizarro, the song was a huge success and was added to the National Recording Registry in The Library of Congress in 2010. Recently the Tupac Estate released a Mother’s Day limited edition Merch honoring Afeni Shakur. The Mother’s Day limited edition Merch has a young Afeni Shakur from her days as a Black Panther.[bctt tweet=”I wish I could take the pain away,
If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day,
Everything will be alright if ya hold on,
It’s a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
– Tupac, Dear Mama”]
Justin “Cover” Dunning has previously done many renditions such as ‘La Bamba’ by Richie Valenz and ‘I’m Back’ by Eminem. Interesting enough this isn’t the first time the talented artist has covered the legendary Tupac Shakur. Tupac’s or rather Makaveli’s ‘Hail Mary‘ can be added to the list.
Covergeist claims he too like many has his own Tupac Tattoo. As he states on instagram, “I have a Tupac Tattoo. Lol. I hope i continue to put out records after I die and a hologram would be dope too.”
After being kicked out of his mother’s house growing up, Covergeist would end up on the streets for a while. “I remember watching the “Thug Angel” 2pac Documentary at a friends house and fell in love with his music, so much so that I ended up getting a 2pac tattoo (laughs),” Covergeist tells O4L Online.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. Learning everything from bob Dylan to Tom Petty and Metallica. It was only until recently I tried to learn the hip hop songs I grew up listening to,” he explains. Cover is my Grandma’s Maiden name and Geist is her married name.”
As far as his Tupac rendition of Dear Mama, “I tried my best. Tupac is certainly one of the greatest lyricists of any genre and I enjoy reinterpreting his music. “Dear Mama” speaks to me. Although I can’t relate to all the lyrics, I have a lotta love for my mom.”
Covergeist also did his own rendition to Tupac’s Hail Mary. The song which was featured on Tupac’s Makaveli album. The remix also goes on the cover the Outlawz. Young Noble, Kastro and Kadafi can all be heard on this Hail Mary remix by Covergeist.