Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist Rapsody paid tribute to Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur on her third studio album ‘Eve’.
60th anniversary of the Grammy’s saw Rapsody nominated for two awards. Her second studio album, ‘Laila’s Wisdom, was up for Best Rap Album. Being the only fifth woman to ever be nominated in that category, she went against top contenders. Jay-Z, Migos, Tyler The Creator, and Kendrick Lamar also nominated.
Ironically Rapsody would compete with Jay-Z which she is signed to on Roc Nation, and Kendrick Lamar who only featured Rapsody on his Grammy winning album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ in 2014. At the end of the day, it;s no hard feelings. “It’s fun to be celebrated at that level with legends,” says Rapsody ot Billboard. Kendrick would end up taking the award for ‘DAMN’.
Although she did not win, can’t take away from what Rapsody was able to accomplish with her sophomore album. An album that was released through Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation along with Jamala Records.
Rapsody hit single ‘Sassy’ was also up for nomination in 2018. for Best Rap Song of 2017. Speaking on her the song Sassy, Rapsody tells Billboard that it’s all about strong woman, “I was thinking about my girls. Myself, and just woman. Like what’s the song for us, that you know we gonna be empowered by, but have fun at the same time.”
Rapsody Samples Tupac
Fast forward to 2019, Rapsody released her third studio album titled ‘Eve‘. The entire album consisting of 16 songs, is named after influential black woman. Names that include Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Aaliyah, and Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur.
On track 16 titled ‘Afeni’, Tupac is heard on the chorus. Reciting his verse from his hit single ‘Keep Ya Head up’, Tupac is also joined by PJ Morton who is also featured on ‘Afeni’.
Tupac introduced the hit song ‘Keep Ya Heard Up’ to the world on his second studio album titled ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z’. There were many sides to Tupac which translated to versatility in his music. Something that was always on display early in his music career. His first album gave us ‘Brenda’s Got A Baby‘, followed by ‘Keep Ya Head Up’, and ‘Dear Mama‘ on his third studio album.
Now since we all came from a woman
Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women
Do we hate our women?
Now since we all
Chorus: PJ Morton
I don’t know where I would be
If you weren’t here with me
If you don’t hear anybody else sayin’
Please know you’re appreciated (‘Ated)
The way you walk, way you talk so fine (Fine)
And ooh, you got a brilliant mind (Brilliant mind)
There ain’t nobody better (Better)
Each and every one of you matter to me