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"Ghetto Gospel"
Single by 2Pac featuring Elton John
from the album Loyal to the Game & Best of 2Pac Part 2 - Life
B-side"Thugs Get Lonely Too"
ReleasedJanuary 21, 2005
FormatCD single, CD maxi single, 12"
GenreHip hop, gangsta rap
Length3:58
Writer(s)Tupac Shakur, Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s)Eminem
2Pac singles chronology
"Thugs Get Lonely Too"
(2004)
"Ghetto Gospel"
(2005)
"Untouchable"
(2006)
Elton John singles chronology
"Turn the Lights Out When You Leave"
(2005)
"Ghetto Gospel"
(2005)
"Electricity"
(2005)
 
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"Ghetto Gospel"
Single by 2Pac featuring Elton John
from the album Loyal to the Game & Best of 2Pac Part 2 - Life
B-side"Thugs Get Lonely Too"
ReleasedJanuary 21, 2005
FormatCD single, CD maxi single, 12"
GenreHip hop, gangsta rap
Length3:58
Writer(s)Tupac Shakur, Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s)Eminem
2Pac singles chronology
"Thugs Get Lonely Too"
(2004)
"Ghetto Gospel"
(2005)
"Untouchable"
(2006)
Elton John singles chronology
"Turn the Lights Out When You Leave"
(2005)
"Ghetto Gospel"
(2005)
"Electricity"
(2005)

"Ghetto Gospel" is a song by rapper Tupac Shakur, which was originally released as the second single on his posthumous 2004 album Loyal to the Game. It samples Elton John's 1971 hit, "Indian Sunset". The single topped the charts in the United Kingdom for 3 weeks,[1] Australia, Czech Republic and the Republic of Ireland.

The song was written by Tupac Shakur as an outcry to "end the war on the streets", addressing the futility of racial difference and dissidence, particularly under the unifying banner of poverty. He also pays tribute to murdered black activists Malcolm X and Bobby Hutton.

Production[edit]

Eminem removed part of Shakur's first verse ("We never really went through that, 'cause we were born B.C., you and me before crack...".) The words "Lord, can you hear me speak" and "and pay the price of being hellbound" at the end of the song are originally from the fourth verse. There are parts of the song in which Tupac's voice seems to be accompanied by a digitally added, lower toned voice: "before its ruined" from the end of the first verse and "I set goals, take control" and "Before we find world peace" from the second verse. The sudden change of tone in his voice when these words are spoken are possibly the result of multiple layers of time/pitch stretched vocals.

Original version[edit]

The Loyal to the Game version was produced by Eminem, but the original was leaked a couple of years later. It has a faster tempo, extra third and fourth verses and is about 4:30 in length.[2] It also doesn't contain the "Indian Sunset" sample. The original version of the track was produced by Big D The Impossible, a regular producer from 2Pac's first two albums: 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. sessions.

Music video[edit]

"Ghetto Gospel" was the only song on Loyal to the Game with an accompanying music video on YouTube. Neither 2Pac nor Elton John feature in the video. Towards the end of the music video, the actor (J. D. Williams) is shot but then appears at his own funeral, fueling rumors that the rapper's death was faked. At the end of the video there is a message from his mother, Afeni Shakur, saying "Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that".

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Sample(s)Length
1."Ghetto Gospel" (feat. Elton John)T. Shakur, M. Mathers, E. John, B. Taupin3:58
UK CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ghetto Gospel" (feat. Elton John)T. Shakur, M. Mathers, E. John, B. TaupinEminem3:58
2."Thugs Get Lonely Too" (feat. Nate Dogg)T. Shakur, M. Mathers, N. HaleEminem4:48

Official versions[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2005-06)Peak
position
Australian Charts[3]1
Austrian Charts[4]3
Belgium Charts (Flanders)[5]25
Belgium Charts (Wallonia)[6]5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[7]1
Danish Charts[8]20
European Hot 100 (Billboard)[9]3
German Charts[10]3
Irish Singles Charts[11]1
New Zealand Charts[12]3
Switzerland Chart[13]7
UK Singles Chart[14]1

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertification
Australia (ARIA)Platinum[15]
New Zealand (RMNZ)Gold[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 713–4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  5. ^ "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search.
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  11. ^ "2pac and Elton John - Ghetto Gospel - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Ghetto Gospel". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  14. ^ "2PAC | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Singles". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  16. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110831040527/http://www.radioscope.net.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=77&Itemid=61

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
June 30, 2005 – July 14, 2005
Succeeded by
"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 26, 2005 – July 16, 2005
Preceded by
"Lonely" by Akon
ARIA (Australia) number one single
August 21, 2005
Succeeded by
"Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes