DJ Vlad, Dirty
Harry and Green Lantern have collaborated on a new mix CD dedicated to the late
Tupac Shakur, that features top names from the hip-hop world paying tribute
to the rapper.
The trio remixed
a bunch of Tupac tracks for 2Pac: Rap Phenomenon II and had artists come in
and put new verses and hooks on the remixed tracks.
"A lot of
the rappers and singers came in and laid down original material, making this
project that much more special," Vlad told AllHipHop.com.
Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, Alicia Keys, Bun-B of UGK and others are all featured
on the CD, each participating for free, because of their respect for Tupac.
"This is a
serious tribute without the politics and bullshit," Green Lantern added.
"These artists and DJ's came together to create the new songs. This is
bringing Pac's vocals to the modern times without the restraints of the industry."
The artists were
happy with the end result, which even after the bulk of work was finished, took
the three DJ's over 52 hours of studio time to finish.
"I had Jadakiss
tell me the other day 'Pac is the only artist [I admire] that I didn't get to
record with. I can't even say that no more,'" Green Lantern continued.
Green Lantern said
he was aware other Pac tributes were out, but insisted that the trio's is version
heard any of that other sh*t, I'm too stuck in my own. I'm used to creating.
Green Lantern will
be releasing an untitled album through Eminem's Shady Records imprint.
the unexpected," he said.