Coverafbeelding Tupac featuring The Notorious B.I.G. - Runnin' (Dying To Live)

Tupac featuring The Notorious B.I.G.

Runnin' (Dying To Live)

  • Statistieken
  •   7 weken
  •   15 piekpositie
  •   129 punten
  •   2003

Artiestinformatie

Geboortedatum   16-06-1971
Land   Verenigde Staten

Tupac Amaru Shakur (beter bekend als 2Pac en ook Makaveli genoemd) is gemeten naar platenverkoop één van de meest succesvolle Amerikaanse rappers. Rond zijn 12e maakt hij kennis met dansen en acteren en op zijn 15e begint hij met rappen. In 1991, als hij 20 is, komt zijn eerste solo-album uit (2Pacalypse Now). Dat doet vrij weinig, maar met zijn tweede plaat Stricyly 3 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. is het wel raak.

In 1994 raakt 2Pac zwaargewond door kogels bij een gewapende overval. Hij wordt tevens veroordeeld voor het aanranden van een fan en moet de gevangenis in. Terwijl hij daar zit, verschijnt zijn derde album Me Against The World. Het platenlabel Death Row Records legt de borg van 1,4 miljoen dollar voor hem op tafel, op voorwaarde dat 2Pac drie albums maakt. Hij gaat akkoord en komt met All Eyez On Me (een dubbelalbum), dat door velen wordt gezien als zijn beste werk.

Op 7 september 1996 gaat Tupac in het MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas naar een bokspartij van Mike Tyson. Als hij buiten is wordt hij opnieuw beschoten. Hij ligt een week in het ziekenhuis en verliest een long. Uiteindelijk sterft Tupac op 25-jarige leeftijd. Over de aanslag bestaan verschillende complottheorieën. Feit is dat de dader nooit gevonden is.


In 1999, ruim twee jaar na zijn dood, scoort 2Pac in ons land zijn grootste hit met Changes (drie weken nummer 1 en Alarmschijf).


Songtekst

Between you and Biggie it was like, who's going to rule the nigga kingdom and shit basically, know what I'm saying? I was like, this is like a fucking election
It is that. Me and Biggie's situation is smaller than that, it's like

And I wonder if they'll laugh when I'm dead?
Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see, when there ain't nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give, when no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die?

Check it, I grew up a fuckin' screw-up
Got introduced to the game, got a ounce and fuckin' blew up
Choppin' rocks overnight
The nigga Biggie Smalls trying to turn into the black Frank White
We had to grow dreads to change our description
Two cops is on the milk box missing
Show they toes you know they got stepped on
A fist full of bullets a chest full of Teflon
Run from the police picture that, nigga I'm too fat
I fuck around and catch a asthma attack
That's why I bust back, it don't phase me
When he drop, take his Glock, and I'm Swayze
Celebrate my escape, sold the Glock, bought some weight
Lay back, I got some money to make, motherfucker

And I wonder if they'll laugh when I'm dead?
Why am I fighting to live, if I'm just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see, when there ain't nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give, when no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die?

It's on me
But still I'm having memories of high speed when the cops crashed
As I laugh, pushing the gas while my Glocks blast
We was young and we was dumb, but we had heart
In the dark, will we survive through the bad parts
Many dreams is what I had, and plenty wishes
No hesitation in extermination of these snitches
Envious bitches, they still continue to pursue me
A couple of movies, now the whole world's trying to screw me
Even the cops tried to sue me, so what can I do?
But stay true, sipping 22's of brew
And now media is trying to test me
Got the press asking questions, trying to stress me
Misery is all I see, that's my mind state
My history with the police will shake the crime rate
My main man had two strikes, slipped, got arrested and flipped
He screamed "thug life" and emptied the clip
Got tired of running from the police

They wanted a new regime
And my regime includes East coast
Includes West coast

I was more shocked than anything, you know what I'm saying?
But I wasn't more shocked of him dying
I was more shocked of him... Pac is a strong dude yo
I know dude, you know what I'm saying? Real strong
So when they was like he got shot
I was just more like, "again"
You know what I'm sayin'
He always gettin' shot, or shot at
He going to pull through this one again
Make a few records about it, and it's going to be over
You know what I'm saying? But when he, when he died
I was just like, "whoa", you know what I'm saying?
Kinda took me by
I mean even though we was going through our drama
I would never wish death on nobody, you know what I'm sayin'
Because there ain't no coming back from that

Songinformatie

Artiest2Pac,
The Notorious B.I.G.
 A-kant
 B-kant
Platenlabel Interscope
Hoogste positie UK 15
Hoogste positie US 19


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