“Dear Mama” was written by 2Pac as a dedication to his mother, Afeni Shakur. The song is considered by critics, fans, and purists as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, and one of 2Pac’s best songs in particular, being ranked number four on About.com’s “Top 100 Rap Songs” list. “Dear Mama” is one of 25 songs that were added to the National Recording Registry in 2010. The Library of Congress has called “Dear Mama” “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.” The honor came seven days after what would have been Shakur’s 39th birthday. Shakur is the third rapper to enter the library, behind Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy (taken from Wikipedia).
There’s no way I can pay you back,
but the plan is to show you that I understand.
You are appreciated.
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- commonly pronounced like slang
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- also keep it real
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Can you explain why your mother is a special woman? How has she made your life better and easier? How many sacrifices has your mother made? How do you honor and pay respect to your mother? Please write your ideas in the comments below!