23 years ago today hip-hop legend Tupac released one of his hottest singles to date, Dear Mama. Dear Mama was the lead single off his 3rd album Me Against the World under Interscope records. The hit single produced by Tony Pizarro is a tribute to Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. He sheds light on his childhood poverty & his mother’s addiction to crack. But, yet he states that his love and respect for his mother outweighs the bad memories.
The single topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for five weeks and peaked at number nine on the Hot 100. The single also went certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 13, 1995.
Record producer Tony Pizarro explained that
“ Tupac used to make references to ‘Dear Mama’ in a lot of different songs and I’d always be like ‘You know that’s a song in itself.’ And one day he was like ‘I got somethin’ for that.’ And he was like ‘Man, you have In My Wildest Dreams by the Crusaders’ and I was like ‘Yeah.’ He was like ‘Yeah, I got something for that.’ So I got the track ready. Pac just came through and just dropped it and blessed it with the vocals. ”
“Dear Mama” has been consistently ranked among the best of its genre and to be honest I don’t think we have had any other track to this date compete with the realness of this song. Check out the link to check out the official video for Dear Mama.