Earlier this year we heard Eminem rhyme over one of Tupac’s beats. Now the deceased hip-hop rebel is rapping over one of Slim Shady’s tracks.
Eminem recently completed production of “Running (Dying to Live),” the first single from the upcoming “Tupac: Resurrection” soundtrack. In addition to the verse from Pac, the record includes a Notorious B.I.G. rhyme for the first verse.
“Check it, I grew up a f—in’ screw-up,” Biggie says on the song. Later he raps about wanting to be the “the black Frank White,” a nickname he adopted, and continues his assault.
“Run from the police/ Picture that n—a/ I’m too fat,” he barks. “I f— around and catch a asthma attack.”
Em constructed the beat with hammering piano chords, violins and bass. The King of Detroit also sampled blues-rocker Edgar Winters’ “Dying to Live” for the chorus: “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?”
Tupac rounds the record off with his militant street-soldier poetry. “A couple of movies now the whole world trying to screw me,” he says. “Even the cops tried to sue me/ So what can I do, but stay true sippin’ 22s of brew…/ Misery is all I see, that’s my mind state …”
“Running (Dying to Live)” isn’t the only record Eminem produced for the “Tupac: Resurrection” soundtrack, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson, who would only add that the soundtrack will also include songs from Pac that tell a chronological story of his life and career.
The “Tupac: Resurrection” soundtrack comes out on November 4 and features four new Tupac songs in all as well as a slew of his greatest hits. The film that inspired the soundtrack hits theaters on November 14 (see ” ‘Tupac: Resurrection’ To Be Previewed At Sundance” ).