Keep Ya Head Up
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|"Keep Ya Head Up"|
|Single by 2Pac featuring Dave Hollister|
|from the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...|
|Released||October 28, 1993|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|2Pac featuring Dave Hollister singles chronology|
"Keep Ya Head Up"
Production And Release
The beat is sampled from Zapp's "Be Alright" and the chorus is taken from The Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child". It was first released in Shakur's 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. later appearing after his death in 1998 in his Greatest Hits compilation. A "sequel" to the song, "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" was released on 2Pac's posthumous album Still I Rise in 1999. The Album "In the street with the homies" was released on 2000
The video opens up with the words "Dedicated to the memory of Latasha Harlins, it's still on", in reference to the 1992 L.A. Riots. The video has a basic format with Shakur rapping in the middle of a circle surrounded by a crowd of people and in some scenes he is seen holding a young child. His mother Afeni Shakur also appears in the video. Jada Pinkett Smith (then known as Jada Pinkett) made a cameo appearance in the music video.
The song was featured in the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me
|Bruce Pollock||United States||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||*|
|Rock and Roll Hall of Fame||The Songs That Shaped Rock||2011||*|
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