Year in Music 2017

Top Rappers Set 2Pac's Poetry To Music

Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written new songs inspired by the poetry of the late Tupac Shakur published in "The Rose that Grew From Concrete."

Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written new songs inspired by the poetry of the late Tupac Shakur published in "The Rose that Grew From Concrete." Due Sept. 20 via Amaru Entertainment/Koch, the 15-track "The Rose, Vol. 2" also features tracks from Memphis Bleek, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lyfe Jennings, the Outlawz and Shakur's former Digital Underground colleague, Shock G.

In addition, there are contributions from current and former attendees of the annual Tupac Summer Performing Arts Camp, including Celina Nixon, who know serves as the artistic director for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

Proceeds from "The Rose, Vol. 2" will benefit the foundation and the construction of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Atlanta. A bronze memorial statue of the rapper will be unveiled Sept. 13 in the city.

"We knew something was going on with the kid, but we didn't know how much," Shock G told Billboard.com last December when reflecting on Tupac's legacy. "It wasn't until he died that we started to see how every little thing he did was a piece of a larger plan. At least we worked with him. We never turned our back on him. We thought he was a great rapper but we had no idea he'd become the 'greatest.' I thought he could be the next Nas or the next LL Cool J, but not the god of hip-hop he turned out to be."

Here is the track list for "The Rose, Vol. 2":

Intro featuring Black Ice
"Power of a Smile" featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
"The Eternal Lament" featuring Celina Nixon
"Fallen Star" featuring Talib Kweli
"In the Depths of Solitude" featuring Ludacris
"Movin' On" featuring Lyfe Jennings
"Life Through My Eyes" featuring Memphis Bleek and Tupac Shakur
"When Ure Heart Turns Cold" featuring Outlawz
"Black Woman" featuring Jamal Joseph and Che Davis
"Only 4 the Righteous" featuring Yoyo
"Where There Is a Will" featuring Boot Camp Clik
"When Ur Hero Falls" featuring Impact Kids
"And 2morrow" featuring Shock G
"If I Fail" featuring Dead Prez
"Poetry" featuring Amber and Morgan of Pac's Kids