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"Dear Mama"
Dear Mama
Single by 2Pac from the album Me Against the World'

Released

21 February 1995

Recorded

July 1994

Genre

Hip hop

Length

4:39

Label

Interscope

Writer

Pizarro, Shakur

Producer

DF Master Tee, Moses, Tony Pizarro

2Pac singles chronology

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"Dear Mama" is a song by American rapper Tupac Shakur. It was released as a single in 1995 as the lead single from his third studio album Me Against the World. The song is a tribute to his mother Afeni Shakur, in which he details his childhood poverty and his mother's addiction to crack cocaine but argues that his love for his mother supersede bad memories. Produced by Tony Pizarro with co-production by Moses and DF Master Tee, the song incorporates samples from the songs "Sadie" by The Spinners and "In All My Wildest Dreams" by Joe Sample. "Dear Mama" topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles for five weeks and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA in July 1995.

"Dear Mama" has been consistently ranked among the best of its genre, appearing on numerous "greatest" lists. In 2010, the song was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress, who deemed it as a work that is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States". In a press release, the organisation 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".

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