Twenty-one years after Tupac Shakur was killed in a still-unsolved murder, The Game pays tribute to the late legend with “Heaven 4 a Gangster.”
Inspired by ‘Pac, Chuck Taylor uses the instrumental’s West Coast vibe to honor the fallen icon who he believes is “turning in his grave with all this nonsense.”
Beyond honoring Shakur, the song also works as a diss towards the current president. “My flag ain’t got no stars on it, fuck my country,” he raps. “Get your toupee knocked f trying to Donald Trump me.”
Plus, the former G-Unit member shows f his wordplay dynamics with a new era-based scheme. “I’ve been on lil yachts, shot crips with lil uzis,” he raps. “Got bricks from the ‘migos and my bitch is ‘Bad and Boujee.’”
The Game told Billboard that “Heaven” was deeply inspired by his late hero on the 21st anniversary his death. “‘Heaven 4 a Gangster’ was my perception what I thought the mental premonitions Tupac and hip-hop would be seen as today,” he said. “Are we understood or are our testimonies categorized as a sin? Again, is there a ‘Heaven 4 a Gangster?’ I wanna know.”
Last year, The Game dropped 1992 and announced his final album, Westside Story, which he is currently working on.