Mother’s Day is this weekend & with the passing of 2Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur, an early collaborator by the name of DJ Assassin King released an early draft of “Dear Mama”. There definitely is a difference but still has the same feel that made the song we all know very special. Sitting down with Ambrosia For Heads, Assassin King explained the reason for the changes. “Originally, the hook was a sample of a song from the legendary rapper and friend of both of ours named Yo-Yo, from Ice Cube’s [Da] Lench Mob. The sample was ‘Wouldn’t be a damn thang without a woman,’ which was taken from the original song from Ice Cube’s ‘This Is A Man’s World,’ with the scratching done, of course, by yours truly DJ King Assassin. The day after we had finished up on everything we were in Echo Sound in L.A. when Tupac comes in the studio very upset and proceeds to explain to us that we had to take out Yo-Yo’s part because a person by the name of Pat Charbonet would not give us the clearance to use that part in the song, so we had no choice but to take it out and that’s where even the Richard Pryor excerpt, which you will hear, is completely off the released version of the song.” All for the best seeing as it turned into an instant West Coast Classic.
Happy Mothers Day!!