Twenty-three years later Hip Hop’s icon, Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary” featuring Outlawz still sends chills down the spine of its listeners.
Hail Mary, the third single off Tupac’s Makaveli The Don Killuminati 7 Day Theory album, featured Young Noble, Kastro, Kadafi and Prince Ital Joe.
Although the album was released on November of 1996, the single “Hail Mary” was not released as a single until the following year on February 11, 1997. The song would also appear on Tupac’s ‘Greatest Hits‘ album in 1998.
“I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me / Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ p**** / Picture paragraphs unloaded, wise words bein’ quoted / Peeped the weakness in the rap game and sewed it,” Tupac on Hail Mary.
The official music video for ‘Hail mary’ was directed by Frank Sacramento. Frank has a resume that includes work his done for artists like Hootie & the Blowfish, TRu Hill, Mobb Deep and Brain McKnight.
Young Noble Debut
Young Noble hadn’t appeared on any official material with Tupac Shakur, until the made his debut on one of the most iconic album’s in Hip Hop history.
“Peep the whole scene and whatever’s goin’ on around me / Brain kind of cloudy, smoked out, feelin’ rowdy / Ready to wet the party up,” Young Noble kicks off his verse on Hail Mary.
The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory, would feature Young Noble to open the album on ‘Bomb First’ and then on the next song, ‘Hail Mary’. At first Noble wasn’t feeling the beat for ‘Hail Mary’. His feeling was that the beat was too slow to rap to. If it wasn’t for Tupac convincing Noble to be on the track, he would have chosen to not appear on one of hip hop’s classics.
Tupac In The Studio
Hip Hop artist Big Wy recalls the first time he met Tupac. Tupac invited him to the studio. As Big Wy explained what he encountered while entering the studio, “It’s candle and sh*t burning. The lights is off and Sh*t. Ni@@as is drinking Heineken and sh*t. ‘Pac in the booth in the back fucking around but they playing a record.” What Big Wy would hear next surprised him, “Let us pray my ni@@as cause win have sin. I’m like what the f**k is this. They playing the record and this ni@@a is like come with me. I’m like god damn!”
Did You Know?
Back in 2016, Tupac’s lyrics to ‘Hail Mary’ would mistakenly appear on a Church programme. Joy to the World, one of Sri Lanka’s largest carol services, included the ‘Hail Mary’ lyrics in the programme instead of a traditional Christian prayer.
Andrew Choksy attended the Joy to the World service and spoke to CNN about the mistake. “A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song. A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet,” said Andrew to CNN.