Keep Ya Head Up (4:25)

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“Keep Ya Head Up” is a 1993 hit single by Tupac Shakur. The song features R&B singer Dave Hollister and is dedicated to Latasha Harlins and women.

The song is at once a call for better treatment of women by fellow men, and a call to women, children, and poor people of color to ‘keep ya head up’ through inevitable tough times that arise in a system and society that make it ‘hard to be legit and still pay the rent’. 2Pac also talks about rape, saying men have no right to tell a women where and when women should have babies or have sex. This song encourages women to stay strong. It addresses issues concerning lack of respect toward the female gender, especially poor black women. It has a very positive message, and is often used as an example of Shakur’s softer side. Many consider it to be one of the deepest rap songs ever made and is often referenced by other artists in their work, building Shakur’s persona as a very conscious and influential rapper.

The video opens up with the words “Dedicated to the memory of Latasha Harlins, it’s still on”, in reference to the L.A. Riots. The video has a basic format with Shakur rapping in the middle of a circle surrounded by a crowd of people and in some scenes seen holding a young child. His mother Afeni Shakur also appears in the video.


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Little somethin' for my godson Elijah and a little girl named Corinne

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots

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