It’s been 21 years since the venerable Tupac Shakur was shot and killed. This year, his legacy has been remembered and honored in various ways, most notably in the Benny Boom-directed biopic All Eyez on Me. Today (Sept. 13), The Game pays special tribute to Shakur with a new record titled “Heaven 4 a Gangster,” in honor of his untimely death.
On “Heaven 4 a Gangster,” Game ruminates about how ‘Pac would be disgusted if he were alive to witness life in 2017: “Tupac turning in his grave with all this nonsense/ A little solider ain’t from Bompton.” He also showcases his lyrical wittiness when he flips MCs’ names into steely punchlines. “I’ve been on Lil Yachts/ Shot crips with Lil Uzis/ Got bricks from the Migos/ And my bitches “Bad & Boujee,” he spits.
“‘Heaven 4 a Gangster” was my perception of what I thought the mental premonitions of Tupac and hip-hop would be seen as today,” The Game tells Billboard. “Are we understood or are our testimonies categorized as a sin? Again is there a ‘Heaven 4 a Gangster?’ I wanna to know.”
When All Eyez on Me debuted on the big screen last June, Game encouraged Tupac aficionados to go check out the movie. “#AllEyezOnMe SUPPORT it. Go see it. Tell a friend. I love the movie & ANYBODY with a negative review of this film or anything bad to say about PAC….. I’m gone say it since he can’t….. FUCK YOU,” he wrote on Instagram.
Take a listen to “Heaven 4 a Gangster” below.