During a recent pit stop to BBC Radio 1’s HQ in Los Angeles, Justin Bieber paid homage to the late rap great Tupac with a stripped down cover of “Thugz Mansion.” Backed by a guitarist, the singer also covered Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” and performed his own hits “Let Me Love You,” “What Do You Mean?,” “Love Yourself” and the Major Lazer collaboration “Cold Water.”
The special Tupac cover comes just a few weeks before the rapper’s 20th death anniversary on Sept. 13.
In a 2015 cover story with Billboard, the pop star cited ‘Pac as one of his influences. “I was always that fearless kid who would jump onstage or do whatever. My dad would be like, ‘Rap that Tupac verse,’ and I’d do ‘Thugz Mansion’ — I was probably 8,” the Biebs said at the time.
The original peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100. Watch the rest of Bieber’s performance below.