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TUPAC’S “DEAR MAMA” SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN LIBRARY OF CONGRESS’ NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY
Classic 1995 track is one of 25 recordings deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by Library of Congress this year
Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” a classic track from his 1995 album Me Against The World, has been selected for inclusion and preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. “Dear Mama” is one of 25 recordings chosen by the Library as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” among others such as Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning,” Patti Smith’s Horses, the original 1959 cast recording of Gypsy, and battle sounds from World War II.
Recorded shortly before a stint in prison, “Dear Mama” is Tupac’s heartfelt tribute to his mother Afeni, who raised him as a single parent through her own poverty and drug addictions. The rapper notes her dignity through these hardships, rapping “Even as a crack fiend, mama/You always was a black queen, mama.” A hit single upon its release, the song is widely considered to be among Tupac’s best songs, and one of the greatest rap tracks of all time. The Library of Congress noted with their announcement that the song is a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”
“I’m incredibly touched,” says Afeni Shakur, the late rapper’s mother and subject of “Dear Mama.” “It could have been any song, but I’m honored they chose ‘Dear Mama’ in particular. It is a song that spoke not just to me, but every mother that has been in that situation, and there have been millions of us. Tupac recognized our struggle, and he is still our hero.”
This latest distinction is only one of many posthumous honors to Tupac’s career. Last December, his song “Changes” was selected as one of The Vatican’s “12 Favorite Songs.” In September 2009, it was announced that the artist’s private writings would be added to Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library – an institution that also houses Martin Luther King’s papers – to be made available for scholarly research. Clearly, the work of this remarkable and visionary rapper remains as relevant to today’s world as ever.
Official Tupac Website
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Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
The Tupac Shakur Foundation is home to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Ga. The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts. It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence. For nearly 10 years, the Center’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.TASF.org .
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