With yesterday being Tupac Shakur’s 40th birthday, Rick Ross and Meek Mill premiering their video for “Tupac Back” makes sense. In exclusive behind the scenes footage, the video’s director talked about the importance of shooting the video for the song in the hood; specifically, Grape St. in the infamous Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“It’s a video that’s paying homage to Tupac man,” Mr. Boomtown explained to MTV News. “It’s keeping it hood but at the same time we’re going to gloss it up a little bit. We’ll do a lot of warehouse scenes, crazy scenes.”
“Tupac Back” appears on the Maybach Music Group’s recently released compilation album, Self Made, Vol 1. The hit song features Meek Mill on the rhymes with MMG honcho Rick Ross supplying the hook, which interpolates the names of various Tupac songs. “It started from me, Ross in the studio,” Meek Mill said of the song’s creation. “He did have the hook already. He said he was inspired by Tupac when he made the hook. I just came and spit some hard sh-t on there. I already knew the streets was going to f-ck with the hook.”
The Mike Will and Eardrummers produced song spawned a bunch of variations from other rappers, including Maino’s “Biggie Is Back” and Joell Ortiz’s “Big Pun Back.” But for Ross the song is about paying his respects to Shakur, who would have been 40 years today had he lived. Rick Rozay says he is, “Paying homage to the fallen icon. Just showing love man and shout out to all the G’s, Greg Street, and everybody else who showed love and embraced the video and embraced the homies as we paid homage to the legend.”