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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And a little girl named Corinne

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice

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  • fank19

    (...) And if we don't we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, that make the babies. And since a man can't make one he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dark__Nightmare

    I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women. [4]

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    One of the best songs 2Pac ever recorded. A super catchy rap song!

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amir-AA

    "Ya know it's funny when it rains and pours; They got money for wars, but can't feed the pour" Truer words were never spoken <3 [3]

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Andurp

    This beat, fug.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • treradical

    "If Pac Taught Me One Thing, It's Definitely How To Treat Women" lmfao you had to have 2pac teach you that?

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • x_TMMC

    Very Inspirational. Tupac told the TRUTH.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • gogeter54

    a real prophet. You youngsters need to heed the message.

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • timmytightleggs

    If Pac Taught Me One Thing, It's Definitely How To Treat Women

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gabbikunz

    2PAC CARES!

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Crabroast22

    "Ya know it's funny when it rains and pours; They got money for wars, but can't feed the pour" Truer words were never spoken <3 [2]

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jussi_m

    Big Mello used this beat first on his song Love Don't Love Nobody

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kurtneyharrison

    ♥♥♥ fucking perfect. a song to live by tbh

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Stonefunk1

    RIP 2

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HotgurlJenn69

    keep your head up, real shit

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • weezyandgeorge

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Ironfistchinmi

    Loving this one

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • wack1985

    last.fm plays 2Pac finally!! <3 RIP

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • linzi76

    I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women. [3]

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Batiste369

    "Ya know it's funny when it rains and pours; They got money for wars, but can't feed the pour" Truer words were never spoken <3

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
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