Toss It Up

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"Toss It Up"
Single by Makaveli featuring Danny Boy and K-ci & Jojo
from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Released September 26, 1996
Recorded August 1996
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:06
Label Death Row Records/Makaveli/Interscope
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur, Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, Demetrius Meech Shipp, Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, Joel "JoJo" Hailey
Producer(s) Demetrius Meech Shipp
Makaveli (Tupac Shakur) singles chronology
"I Ain't Mad at Cha"
(1996)
"Toss It Up"
(1996)
"To Live & Die in L.A."
(1996)
Music video
"Toss It Up" on YouTube

"Toss It Up" is a song by rapper Tupac Shakur under the new stage name, Makaveli, hence making it the first song released under this name. It released as the lead single from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. It was released just under 2 weeks after his death.There are 3 versions of this song (Album version, Radio cut, and video versions). The song contains a diss to Dr.Dre questioning his sexuality and calling him gay.[1] The phrase “Toss it up” (used to refer to sex in verse 1 and violence in verse 2) represents the love/death nexus. The song features vocals and singing from Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo. The song contains samples from No Diggity which both came out close to each other.

The song was also included in Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album) with a new mix and some altered lyrics.[2]

Controversy[edit]

After hearing No Diggity (which features Dr.Dre) for the first time, several of Dr. Dre's former Death Row colleagues, including Makaveli, recorded and attempted to release the song, containing numerous insults aimed at Dr. Dre and using a deliberately similar instrumental to "No Diggity", but were forced to replace the production after Blackstreet issued the label with a cease and desist order stopping them from distributing the song hence why the song never charted in the USA.[3] He also made an indirect reference to the song Straight Outta Compton of Dr. Dre's former rap group N.W.A. On the outro of the song, Puff Daddy and Lil Kim was dissed. 2Pac also responds to what Puff Daddy said about him in an interview.

Music Video[edit]

The music video features both features Makaveli himself, Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, JoJo & KC. There are 2 version of the music videos for this song one being the standard one and the other being the Beach Party version which is rare but can be found on YouTube[4] In the music video 2Pac at some points dances and raps to the lady, there are also expensive cars shown in the video.The first verse Makaveli raps with a Bunsen burner and the second verse he raps with a baseball bat where he finally smashes a mirror with it.[5] The music features video model LisaRaye. All 3 singers sing with a bunsen burner as if it is a microphone. Makaveli is also seen at the end smoking a Cuban cigar.

According to Death Row this is the last music video he made.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 3
ERROR: MUST PROVIDE DATE FOR UK CHART[9] 15

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