Seven days after what would have been his 39th birthday, another chapter was added to Tupac Shakur’s legacy. His song “Dear Mama” is now preserved in the Library of Congress. Tupac is one of only 3 American rappers to have that honor (following Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash).
“Dear Mama” was chosen for its “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 song joins 24 others to be added to the National Recording Registry this year.
You can view a complete list of the registry here.