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Tupac – Holler If Ya Hear Me (Official Music Video) + Lyrics

Holler If Ya Hear Me, released on February 4, 1993, was the lead single off Tupac’s second album, ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.‘.

Produced by Stretch from Live Squad, Holler If Ya Hear Me became an anthem for oppressed communities and especially struck a chord with the youth. It speaks on raising up against the injustice of police brutality and poverty, both of which Tupac experienced. Sampling George Clinton, Public Enemy and Roger Troutman, Holler If Ya Hear Me certainly captured the anger of millions.

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The music video, directed by Stephen Ashley Blake, was purposely shot in black and white. Shooting the video in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict, Tupac wanted to make a statement. This, however, made Interscope nervous and made him change certain parts of the video. Towards the end of the video, there was a voice over of Tupac saying “revolution is the only way”, which was cut, with Interscope fearing a lawsuit.

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Holler If Ya Me Promotional CD

Stephen Ashley Blake revealed that a tense atmosphere crowded the set due to the message of the song. On making the video, he said, “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.”

Producer Emanuel Humes touched on Tupac bringing live ammunition for the Holler If Ya Hear Me video. Emanuel added, “That is live ammo in the video. He wanted to be as realistic as possible.”

Holler If Ya Hear Me Lyrics

[Intro]
Aww yeah, uhh, uhh
Holla if ya hear me, yeah

[Verse 1]
Here we go, turn it up, let’s start
From block to block we snatching hearts and jacking marks
And the punk police can’t fade me and maybe
We can have peace someday, G
But right now I got my mind set up
Lookin down the barrel of my nine, get up
‘Cause it’s time to make the payback fat
Tell my brothers on the block–better stay strapped, black
And accept no substitutes
I bring truth to the youth tear the roof off the whole school
Oh no, I won’t turn the other cheek
In case ya can’t see us while we burn the other week
Now we got a nigga smash, blast
How long will it last ’til the po’ gettin mo’ cash
Until then, raise up!
Tell my young black males, blaze up!
Life’s a mess don’t stress, test
I’m givin’ but be thankful that you’re livin’, blessed
Much love to my brothers in the pen
See ya when they free ya if not when they shove me in
Once again it’s an all out scrap
Keep your hands on ya gat, now ya boys watch ya back
‘Cause in the alleys out in Cali I’mma tell ya
Mess with the best and the vest couldn’t help ya
Scream, if ya feel me; see it clearly?
You’re too near me

[Chorus]
Holler if ya hear me!
“Hard”
“Tellin’ you to hear it”
“The rebel”

[Verse 2]
Pump ya fists like this
Holla if ya hear me, PUMP PUMP if you’re pissed
To the sell-outs, livin’ it up
One way or another you’ll be givin’ it up, huh
I guess ’cause I’m black born
I’m supposed to say peace, sing songs, and get capped on
But it’s time for a new plan, BAM!
I’ll be swingin’ like a one man, clan
Here we go, turn it up, don’t stop
To my homies on the block gettin dropped by cops
I’m still around for ya
Keepin my sound underground for ya
And I’ma throw a change up
Quayle ain’t do nothing but blow my name up!
Now my homies in the backstreets, the blackstreets
They feel me when they rollin’ in they fat jeeps
This ain’t just a rap song, a black song
Tellin’ all my brothers, get they strap on
And look for me in the struggle
Hustlin ’til other brothers bubble

[Chorus]
Holler if ya hear me!
“Hard”
“Tellin’ you to hear it”
“The rebel”

[Verse 3]
Will I quit, will I quit?
They claim that I’m violent, but still I kick
Representin’, never give up on a good thing
Wouldn’t stop it if we could it’s a hood thing
And now I’m like a major threat
‘Cause I remind you of the things you were made to forget
Bring the noise to all my boys
Know the real from the bustas and the decoys
And if ya hustle like a real G
Pump ya fists if ya feel me, holla if ya hear me
Learn to survive in the nine-tre’
I make rhyme pay, others make crime pay
Whatever it takes to live and stand
‘Cause nobody else’ll give a damn
So we live like caged beasts
Waitin’ for the day to let the rage free
Still me ’til they kill me
I love it when they fear me

[Chorus]
Holler if ya hear me!
“Hard”
“Tellin’ you to hear it”
“The rebel”
You’re too near me, to see it clearly
Holler if ya hear me!
“Hard”
“Tellin’ you to hear it”
“The rebel”

Lyrics courtesy of Genius.com.

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