This song will mean more now than ever.
The definitive choice for rap’s ode to mothers everywhere, “Dear Mama” by 2Pac has stood the test of time as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time (that isn’t up for debate). Now, in honor of Mother’s Day coming up (May 8th), ‘Pac’s longtime friend DJ King Assassin dug into his vaults and unearthed what he says is the original version of the Me Against the World single.
This take replaces Reggie Green’ interpolation of “Sadie” by The Spinners with former Ice Cube protégé Yo-Yo. Speaking to XXL, Assassin says that “Originally, the hook was a sample of a song from… Yo-Yo. The sample… was taken from the original song from Ice Cube’s ‘This Is A Man’s World,’ with the scratching done by yours truly.” He would also reveal that, due to sample clearances, Yo-Yo’s part — as well as a sample from comedian Richard Pryor — was omitted from the song.