Hail Mary (5:14)

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“Hail Mary” is the final single by American rapper 2Pac from his final album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The song features rap verses by Kastro, Young Noble and Yaki Kadafi of The Outlawz and Prince Ital Joe. A music video was shot for the song and can be found on the DualDisc of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. It is one of Shakur’s most famous singles. Rate Your Music ranked the song at 71st on their list of The 200 Best Hip Hop Songs Of All Time.

The song captures 2Pac zoning out the violence and negativity surrounding him, praying to God, and him making biblical reference to his own John 3:16 and likely making reference to Mary Magdalene too, “Hail Mary” appeared on Shakur’s Greatest Hits in 1998. A remix of the song was also featured on the album Nu-Mixx Klazzics in 2003.

This song was played as a tribute to 2Pac at the Up In Smoke Tour, in 2000. Rap artists Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg played this song as one of 3 songs they did, for and a tribute to 2Pac, with the crowd singing the chorus.

On April 15, 2012, this song was played as part of a performance incorporating a projection of 2Pac alongside live performers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The song his projection opened with at Coachella. The track moved 13,000 downloads that week for a 1,530% sales increase.

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