The cover art and tracklist for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Django Unchained,” includes a few rap heavyweights. Available December 18, the soundtrack features Rick Ross and John Legend, and a mix track of James Brown’s “The Payback” and Tupac’s “Untouchable.” Jamie Foxx produced Rozay’s track “100 Black Coffins.”
While the soundtrack consists of mostly classics, the rap features came as a bit of a surprise. Below is what Tarantino had to say about the contributing artists.
“I want to thank all the artists who contributed original songs (a first for me) to the picture. Most of these contributions came out of the artists’ own inspiration and their illustration of the film’s soul is invaluable. In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack – many of which came from my personal vinyl collection. Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the 60′s and 70′s, I wanted to use the vinyl I’ve been listening to for years – complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people’s experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time.”
Dr. Dre was one of Tupac’s go-to producer when it came to production. Together they came up with hits like “California Love.” With the Los Angeles skyline in the background, Dre talks to us about recording with Tupac during those legendary Death Row days. The full interview can be seen on September 13th when Vh1 airs Ice-T’s Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap documentary.
The Killer Hearse is back! I mean, this segment is the best thing to happen to the internet since private browsing, some say. You know, sometimes you don’t want to save any cookies and stuff. Mozilla says it best, “there may be times…when you don’t want other users on your computer to see this information, such as when shopping for a birthday present.” Exactly. Birthday presents! Anyways, we’re back. It’s not like the hearse has been in the shop or anything. It’s just been chillin’ in the garage. Nobody has killed anything lately, in my opinion, or at least deserving of a hearse, in my opinion. Rappers are friendly creatures. They don’t like to really kill verses. They just want to get the club turnt up. Rappers do too much collabos, too much networking, and too much press conferences. It’s been like a Thanksgiving Day parade out here. So with that said, I went back into the archives for this installment of 1 Verse, 1 Hearse. I brought out Tupac’s “Trapped” because I love how he spoke on the so-called “American Dream.”
The Tupac hologram has been the talk of the internet these past few days. Now, Raekwon chimes in and gives his thoughts on the Tupac hologram, and the possibility of having an Ol’ Dirty Bastard hologram.
Who else would you like to see hologram’d, or should anyone even be hologram’d?
EPIC SHOW: Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg Perform Live @ Coachella 2012 – Brings Out Tupac, Eminem, 50 Cent & More
Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg put on an epic show at the 2012 Coachella festival. They brought out the hip hop elite including Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. Even more impressive was the fact that they used hologram technology to bring Tupac back. CRAZY!
They need to release this performance on DVD with behind the scenes footage as I would definitely buy it.
Check out the full performance after the jump.
September 6, 1996 Tupac Shakur was shot after a Tyson fight in Las Vegas. Seven days later, on September 13, 1996 he passed away. It’s been 15 years today.
Not only did he make everlasting music when he was alive, but continued that level of excellence even after his death! With 9 posthumous albums, including 3 of them reaching number 1 on US charts, 2pac shows that he was relentless in the studio.
2Pac covers the September 2011 edition of XXL magazine in honour of the 15th anniversary of his passing.
15 years already. It feels like only yesterday when I heard the news.
A prisoner named Dexter Isaac has confessed to the robbing and shooting of Tupac at Manhattan’s Quad Studios in November 1994. This was 2 years before his fatal shooting in Las Vegas.
Dexter Isaac was allegedly paid $2,500 dollars by Czar Entertainment CEO James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to do it. Isaac is currently serving life in prison for murder and robbery.
This is a compilation video of some inspiring words from Tupac. You can really hear the passion and determination he has every time he speaks.
“Practice makes perfect, you’ve got to be dilligent about what you want, you have to apply yourself, you have to motivate yourself”
Also features lyrics from his songs and clips from interviews.
“There’s no way people should own planes when there’s people that don’t even have houses, apartments, shacks…”
R.I.P Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996).
“I see no changes all I see is racist faces, misplaced hate makes disgrace to races”