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...|
|B-side||"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto
Rebel of the Underground"
|Released||October 28, 1993|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|2Pac featuring Dave Hollister singles chronology|
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 in 2Pac's posthumous album Still I Rise in 1999.
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||*|
|About.com||Top 100 Rap Songs||11|
|The Guardian||UK||1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear||2009||*|
CDS - maxi single
- "Keep Ya Head Up" (LP Version)
- "Keep Ya Head Up" (Vibe Tribe Remix)
- "Keep Ya Head Up" (Madukey Remix)
- "Rebel of the Underground"
- "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto"
|US Billboard Hot 100||12|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||7|
- Engineer – Bob Tucker (tracks: A2, B2), Norman "Slam" Whitfield, Jr.* (tracks: A2, B2)
- Engineer [Remix] – Eric Flickinger (tracks: B1), Franklin Purrell (tracks: B1)
- Mixed By – D. Nettlesbey* (tracks: A2), Norman "Slam" Whitfield, Jr.* (tracks: A2)
- Producer – D-Flow Production Squad, The* (tracks: B2), D.J. Daryl* (tracks: A1, B1)
- Remix [Additional] – Norman "Slam" Whitfield, Jr.* (tracks: B2)
- Producer [Additional Production] – Bryant "Moe Dee" Johnson* (tracks: B1), Battlecat* (tracks: B2), Howard Johnson (2) (tracks: B2), Kris Kellow* (tracks: B2), Lea Reis (tracks: B1), Paul Arnold (tracks: B2), Vibe Tribe (10) (tracks: A2)
- Vocals – Black Angel, The (tracks: A1, B1), Money B (2) (tracks: B2), Shockalock (tracks: B2)