Seal Explains How Tupac, Biggie Inspired New Album

Part of the "Super Tuesday" avalanche of new product that poured into record stores this week was "Human Being," the latest effort from Seal.

The album and its first single, "Human Beings," approaches the topic of mortality.

"It was initially inspired by the death of the two rappers that died last year, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.," Seal explained to MTV News recently. "It's basically saying that we are not invincible. That we are human beings and that we are born into this life, we have a vocation to fill, and then we die, and that vocation is not pretending we are gangsters. I say it was initially inspired by that, but it's not just about that. It is essentially a song of love. It was also, I guess, inspired by this constant fear of death that we seem to live in." [28.8 RealVideo]

Seal turned to director Francis Lawrence for the video for "Human Being," which is currently making the rounds on the airwaves.


is up against some heavy-duty contenders in stores this week, as Jewel, Method Man, the Offspring, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston also delivered new albums to stores. We'll have extensive coverage of the impact of Super Tuesday next week on MTV News.