2Pac – Dear Mama (Music Video)

“Dear Mama” is a song by American hip hop artist 2Pac. The track was produced by Tony Pizarro for 2Pac’s third solo album, Me Against the World, which was released in 1995. “Dear Mama” was released on February 21, 1995 as the first single for the album. The single was the most successful of all […]

“Dear Mama” is a song by American hip hop artist 2Pac. The track was produced by Tony Pizarro for 2Pac’s third solo album, Me Against the World, which was released in 1995. “Dear Mama” was released on February 21, 1995 as the first single for the album. The single was the most successful of all the singles released from the album. The song was written by 2Pac as an ode to his mother, Afeni Shakur.
The song is considered by critics, fans, and purists as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, and one of 2Pac’s best songs in particular, being ranked number four on About.com’s “Top 100 Rap Songs” list. It was announced on June 23, 2010, that the Library of Congress was preserving “Dear Mama”, along with 24 other songs, in the National Recording Registry for their cultural significance.
“Dear Mama” samples the songs “Sadie” (1974) by The Spinners, and “In All My Wildest Dreams” (1978) by Joe Sample

Music video

The “Dear Mama” music video was directed by Lionel C Martin while 2Pac was incarcerated; thus, a Tupac look-alike had to be used for certain moments in the video. Afeni Shakur was also featured, shown flipping through pages of a photo album containing pictures of a younger Tupac. The video also shows snippets of articles relating to the Black Panthers, alluding to her history as a member of this political organization.

Credits and personnel

Background vocals: “Sweet Franklin,” Reggie Green
Co-Producers: DF Master Tee, Moses
Engineer: Tony Pizarro
Mix engineers: Paul Arnold, Jeff Griffin
Producer: Tony Pizarro
Vocals: 2Pac



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