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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

classics: i ain't made at cha - tupac shakur

"I Ain't Mad at Cha" is the name of a song by rapper 2Pac released as the fourth single from his album All Eyez on Me, released shortly after his death. The song is a heartfelt tribute to his friends he knew before he was famous. The song features contemporary African American soul singer Danny Boy who provided the vocals for the song's hook. The song did well in the United Kingdom, reaching the number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. It was not released as a single in the United States, thus making it ineligible to chart on the Billboard singles charts (due to chart rules at the time), but reached numbers 18 and 58 in the R&B and Pop Airplay charts, respectively.

The track was produced by Dat Nigga Daz (who now goes by Daz Dillinger) and samples the song "A Dream" by DeBarge. The song was recorded the same day 2Pac was released from prison, and was the second song he recorded when he came out ("Ambitionz Az a Ridah" being the first).The single was released two days after 2Pac's death. As so, by the time this single was released, 2Pac already finished recording his next album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. It has been labeled by many one of the best songs on "All Eyez on Me"and one of the greatest in 2Pac's career.

The song also appeared on 2Pac's Greatest Hits album and a remixed version appeared on Nu-Mixx Klazzics. Another song on the CD single proved to be popular among fans. "Heartz of Men" appeared on 4 of 2Pac's albums, compared to 3 for I Ain't Mad at Cha. These include: All Eyez on Me, 2Pac Live, 2Pac's Greatest Hits, and a remixed version on Nu-Mixx Klazzics. A remix was made of Rihanna's We Ride to include elements of I Ain't Mad at Cha. R&B group BLACKstreet also used the identical keyboard tune in "Don't Leave Me" off of their Another Level album. "American Dream," a track featured on deceased rapper Big L's cd In Memory of Big L, Vol.2 samples the I Ain't Mad at Cha track.