2pac’s “Dear Mama” Inducted Into Library of Congress Registry

2pac’s “Dear Mama” will be amongst the 25 recordings to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

This notable distinction means that by the National Recording Preservation Board’s standards “Dear Mama” has been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and will join a prestigious group of only 300 songs that have been inducted into National Recording Registry in history.

According to Reuters, the NRPB called the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”

‘Pac, who’s been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of the best-selling rap artists in the world with over 75 million albums sold, would’ve turned 39 this past June 16, had he been still living. As previously reported, the legendary West Coast MC was recently honored in Atlanta at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts with a concert hosting by Mike Epps that featured performances by Rick Ross, Bun B, Pill, Too $hort, Roscoe Dash and more. —Brooklyne Gipson

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  • Mr. Nonchalant

    First! Pac was an incredible poet! Props!

  • http://xxlmag.com sam

    i was watching resurection not long ago, inspiring.

    this guy was 1 in a billion

  • Sha

    This recording was one of the most beautiful and honest pieces of music I have ever heard. It deserves to be preserved.

    That being said,

    There are other pieces that were more worthy. I get tired of the corporations and the government trying to force-feed the public about what they think is significant and “art worthy”. I’ll put any amount of money on it that “Fuck tha Police” or “Cop Killa” won’t make it. And those pieces definitely made a greater cultural impact than “Dear Mama”.

    Real talk.

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    • tuck

      @sha… you comment on every article and hate. Even when you semi agree you find some flaw with what should have or could have been done. Just respect it and give props to pac.

  • gift

    for someone to have been dead over a decade, and still making an impact by his words and wisdom, truly shows that music is one of the most powerful tools that we as a people have to tell the world our story. Much luv the late great PAC

  • Anonymous

    no disresct to others in here but sha THINK!!!

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  • Sha


    I say what I say. You say what you say. Nobody’s a censor up in this piece. Check yourself. You can agree. You can disagree. But you own your opinion and I own mine. Real talk.

    • tuck

      you could have left off “check yourself” and “real talk” and id have agreed.

  • Sha


    No “disrespect” to others in here but Anonymous SPELL!

  • Rap-Assasin

    Tupac was the greatest, well earned Pac.

  • Brass Tacks

    Damn, thats ehat the music is about…

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  • sb

    That’s Awesome…

  • cy lover

    This was a good song and deserves preservation.

  • http://www.blackprojectent.ucoz.com TengHu

    damn Sha…you are a hater. From Tuck’s comment, I conclude that there’s never a perfect thing. Maybe “Cop Killa” will frighten people hence the title technically saying cop killer. White folks will be like “Why is there a song called ‘Cop Killa’ in the Library of Congress? I don’t want my kids learning about killing cops.” And of course, “Fuck the Police” will get the same reaction. I’m going to be honest and say I’ve never heard those songs, but even if they’re not about what the title says, people judge things on appearance. So if there’s a curse in the title or something offensive, you can’t have that in the Library of Congress. So I believe that Anonymous was right. You need to think, buddy.

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  • Lance Edwards

    Very appreciative of this honor..that it is recognized as having no “color barriers” as i belive 2Pac is shining and very proud of the honor..job well done….

  • Anonymous

    people being able to comment on these types of things is what messes hip hop up.