To Live And Die In L.A. would be one of Tupac’s single’s off his ‘The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory‘ album. Directed by J.Kevin Swain, To Live And Die In L.A. was also featured on Tupac’s Greatest Hits album in 1998. The song featured Val young on the chorus.
To Live and Die in LA was the second single released from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. Producer QDIII came up with the beat and played it to Tupac. According to QDIII, after listening to the beat three times, Tupac already wrote his lyrics for the entire song!
Although, at the time, the media consequently focused on Los Angeles in a negative way, concentrating on the violence taking place in the area. While in contrast, ‘Pac had other ideas of showcasing the positivity and diversity of the city.
The music video for To Live and Die in LA, filmed in Los Angeles on July 23rd 1996, was directed by J. Kevin Swain. It opens with shots of the city, with Tupac selling fruit on the street corner. This was ‘Pac’s idea, as it was a big thing in Los Angeles at the time. He gets picked up by a group of girls in a low-rider. They carry on through the city and finally onto Roscoe’s Chicken, where a food fight takes place.