Runnin' (Dying to Live)

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For the 1994 original version of the song, see Runnin' (From tha Police)
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
Single by 2Pac featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Tupac: Resurrection
Released September 30, 2003 United States
October 7, 2003 Austria
December 9, 2003 Belgium
January 13, 2004 Netherlands
February 3, 2004 New Zealand
March 9, 2004 France
May 25, 2004 Sweden
July 20, 2004 Switzerland
September 7, 2004 United Kingdom
Genre Hardcore Hip Hop
Length 3:52
Label Amaru
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur
Osten Harvey, Jr.
Christopher Wallace
Marshall Mathers III
Luis Resto
Edgar Winter
Producer(s) Eminem
2Pac singles chronology
"Still Ballin'"
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
"One Day at a Time (Em's Version)"
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Notorious B.I.G."
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)"
"Nasty Girl"

"Runnin' (Dying to Live)", by the late rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. was the first released single from the posthumous soundtrack album Tupac: Resurrection.


The song is a remake of an Easy Mo Bee-produced song called "Runnin' From tha Police", recorded by Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in 1994. Easy Mo Bee subsequently received songwriting credits on "Runnin' (Dying To Live)".

The chorus is from Edgar Winter's song "Dying to Live" (from the album Edgar Winter's White Trash), which was edited to a higher pitch for the song. The interview of Notorious B.I.G. heard at the end of the track was recorded only a couple of weeks before his death.

Music video[edit]

The video contains interviews of both Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. It is the only song from the album to feature a music video. The video version mutes all language, violence and drug references, even Biggie's comment about two cops being shot (the radio version only censors all profanity except the word "bitches" in 2Pac's verse). In the video, it has past images of 2Pac and Biggie, and once their verses end, the song fades out. [1]


The song won the Top Soundtrack Song of the Year award at the 2005 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.) C. Wallace, E. Winter, L. Resto, M. Mathers, O. Harvey, T. Shakur Eminem 3:51
2. "Still Ballin'" (Nitty remix) T. Shakur, F. Ross Nick Ford, SR. Shakur 2:49

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 2
France (SNEP)[5] 28
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 11
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[14] 5