"Keep Ya Head Up"
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Single by 2Pac from the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...

Released

16 February 1993

Format

12", cassette

Recorded

1992

Genre

Hip hop

Length

4:22

Label

Interscope

Writer

D. Anderson, T. Shakur, R. Troutman

Producer

DJ Daryl

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"Papa'z Song" (1994)

"Keep Ya Head Up" is a single by American rapper 2Pac, released in 1993 on Interscope Records. It is the fourth single from his 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.... The song features R&B singer Dave Hollister under the stage name "The Black Angel", and was produced by DJ Daryl. The beat is sampled from "Be Alright" by Zapp, and uses the chorus from "O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps.

The music video for the song begins with a dedication to Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African-American girl was unlawfully shot and killed by a Korean store owner, who claimed self-defense. The video has a basic format with Shakur seen rapping in the middle of a crowd of people, and has some scenes where he raps while holding a child. His mother Afeni Shakur also appears in the video.

The song later appeared on his 1998 Greatest Hits compilation. A sequel to the song, "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)", was released on Still I Rise, a 1999 album by 2Pac and Outlawz.

Tupac Shakur
Studio albums 2Pacalypse NowStrictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...Thug Life: Volume 1Me Against the WorldAll Eyez on MeThe Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Posthumous albums R U Still Down? (Remember Me)Still I RiseUntil the End of TimeBetter DayzLoyal to the GamePac's Life
Live albums 2Pac LiveLive at the House of Blues
Compilation albums Greatest HitsThe Rose That Grew from ConcreteThe Prophet: The Best of the WorksNu-Mixx KlazzicsTupac: ResurrectionThe Rose, Vol. 2The Prophet ReturnsBeginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2Best of 2Pac
Singles "Trapped" • "Brenda's Got a Baby" • "If My Homie Calls" • "Holler If Ya Hear Me" • "I Get Around" • "Keep Ya Head Up" • "Papa'z Song" • "Cradle to the Grave" • "Dear Mama" • "So Many Tears" • "Temptations" • "California Love" • "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" • "How Do U Want It" • "All Bout U" • "I Ain't Mad at Cha" • "Life Goes On" • "Toss It Up" • "To Live & Die in L.A." • "Hail Mary" • "Wanted Dead or Alive" • "Made N*ggaz"
Posthumous singles • "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" • "Do for Love" • "Changes" • "Unconditional Love" • "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" • "Who Do U Believe In" • "Until the End of Time" • "Letter 2 My Unborn" • "Thugz Mansion" • "Still Ballin'" • "Runnin' (Dying to Love)" • "One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" • "Thugs Get Lonely Too" • "Ghetto Gospel" • "Untouchable" • "Pac's Life" • "Playa Cardz Right"
Other songs "Same Song" • "I Don't Give a Fuck" • "Runnin' (From tha Police)" • "Hit 'Em Up" • "Smile"
Books The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Stage Holler If Ya Hear Me
Documentaries Biggie & TupacTupac: ResurrectionTupac: Assassination
Related articles Death of Tupac ShakurDigital UndergroundDiscographyEast Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalryOutlawzThug Life
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