Toss It Up
|"Toss It Up"|
|Single by Makaveli featuring Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo, and Aaron Hall|
|from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory|
|Released||September 26, 1996|
|Genre||Dirty Rap, g-funk, R&B|
|Label||Death Row Records/Makaveli/Interscope|
|Writer(s)||Tupac Shakur, Aaron Hall, Danny Steward, Demetrius Meech Shipp, Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, Joel "JoJo" Hailey, Teddy Riley|
|Producer(s)||Demetrius Meech Shipp|
|Makaveli (2Pac) singles chronology|
"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. 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 single only peaked in the RnB singles chart at number 34.
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 . 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 were dissed. 2Pac also responds to what Puff Daddy said about him in an interview.
The music video features both features Shakur, Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo; and was directed by Lionel C. Martin. According to Death Row Records, this is the last music video Shakur filmed. Video also includes an appearance from actress LisaRaye McCoy.
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||3|
|UK R&B (Official Charts Company)||4|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||15|
|US Billboard Hot 100||34|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||5,000*|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album)
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