Outlawz member E.D.I Mean took to Twitter proposing the challenge of watching Tupac Shakur’s 1993 music video ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ from start to finish.
“After the “cop-killer” controversy from 2pacalyspe Now he decided to come back w this,” tweeted the Outlaw veteran. In 1992 Tupac released his debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now touching on various topics such as poverty, teenage pregnancy, racism, and police brutality.
Back on April of 1992, 43-year-old Texas State Trooper Bill Davidson was shot and killed by Ronald Ray Howard. Fifteen months later Howard was sentenced to death. Howard claimed he was listening to Tupac’s debut album when the incident occurred, blaming the music for his actions that night. “I watched him get out of his car in my side view mirror, and I was so hyped up, I just snapped. I jacked a bullet in the chamber and when he was close enough, I turned around and bam! I shot him,” Howard said weeks before he was sentenced to death.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle publicly denounced Tupac’s debut album stating, “There’s no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society.” Tupac would also receive pressure from Time Warner to change his lyrics going forward.
Tupac Shakur would not be silenced, as he released his sophomore album ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’ in 1993. Dropping the lead single with ‘Holler If ya Hear Me’, Shakur spoke about police brutality, accompanied by a chilling music video directed by Stephen Ashley Blake. “Watch till the end. If it doesn’t give you chills unfollow me,” E.D.I tweeted with his challenge.
“This system and this country has torn apart my family, and our families……. We wanna change we gotta fight for it. Ain’t nobody gotta give it to us, we just gonna have to take it.”Tupac Shakur as the music video for Holler If Ya Hear Me begins
Towards the end of the music video a voice over with Tupac saying “revolution is the only way” was edited out as Interscope records feared a lawsuit.
But that wasn’t the only part that was edited, as Interscope records advised director Stephen Blake to make more changes. “There was one sequence where he pulled a gun out on an officer. Originally, the way I shot that, he killed the cop and his badge fell down in slow motion. The record company was nervous over that. They had me cut that scene out. I actually re-edited the scene to make it look like he didn’t kill the cop.”