Hail Mary (song)
|Single by Makaveli (2Pac) feat Kastro, Young Noble, Yaki Kadafi of The Outlawz & Prince Ital Joe|
|from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory|
|Released||February 11, 1997|
|Recorded||July 8, 1996|
|Label||Death Row, Interscope|
|Writer(s)||Tupac Shakur, Rufus Cooper III, Katari Cox, Yafeu Fula|
|2Pac singles chronology|
"Hail Mary" is the final single by American rapper 2Pac from his final album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The song features rap verses by Kastro, Young Noble and Yaki Kadafi of The Outlawz and Prince Ital Joe. A music video was shot for the song and can be found on the DualDisc of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. It is one of Shakur's most famous singles.
In popular culture
This song was played as a tribute to 2Pac at the Up In Smoke Tour, in 2000. Rap artists Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg played this song as one of 3 songs they did, for and a tribute to 2Pac, with the crowd singing the chorus. On April 15, 2012, this song was played as part of a performance incorporating a projection of 2Pac alongside live performers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The song was played in the film Baby Boy, in which 2Pac himself was supposed to play the lead. The film was released in 2001 by John Singleton, but because 2Pac was no longer alive, he had Tyrese Gibson replace him. The song was played when Jody, the lead, had a dream about being gunned down by the police or being locked up in prison with his girlfriend and son visiting him. While the song is playing, 2Pac's picture is seen in Jody's room.
Cover versions and remixes
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In 2001, rapper Ja Rule remade 2Pac's song "Pain" from the Above the Rim sessions, retitled the song "So Much Pain", and left in 2Pac's second verse as it was in the original song. Numerous others, especially his rivals, took offense to Ja Rule trying to emulate 2Pac. As a result, 50 Cent, Eminem and Busta Rhymes did a remix of "Hail Mary" in 2003. The lyrics were reworked to feature numerous shots at Ja Rule, including several lines aimed at his "imitation" of 2Pac.
|UK Singles Chart||43|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles||8|