Hip-hop music and piano are a wonderful combination, as we have experienced for decades.
Are you a fan of Tupac Shakur? Well, many of his songs are accompanied by the piano.
Let’s have a look at his iconic song “I Ain’t Mad at Cha”
If you are familiar with hip-hop music from the 90s, then this piece of music history is likely not new to you. Here, we explore it in a bit more detail.
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About the song
I Ain’t Mad at Cha is one of Tupac’s most emotional and creative songs for several reasons.
For one, the beat is an absolutely stunning sample of Debarge’s “A Dream”, and furthermore, the video is truly one of a kind. It features Tupac being shot dead, and subsequently entering heaven.
As a homage to other late artists, heaven in the video is home to unforgettable artists, such as; Redd Foxx, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole (who plays the piano), Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Florence Ballard, Sammy Davis Jr., and Louis Armstrong. Danny Boy singing the chorus is also in heaven.
Piano cover by John Dolph
This cover by pianist John Dolph is probably the best on YouTube. Great scenery, great piano, great performance!
If you want to learn more about him, visit his YouTube channel for some more great covers.
Piano cover by Shock G
Shock G, who was the one to get Tupac to join Digital Underground, obviously was also a very skilled pianist. In this video, he plays the song as a tribute to Tupac with ease (0:14-1:01), while talking simultaneously.
Piano cover by Dr. Dre
Many spectators already called the Super Bowl LVI halftime show the greatest of all time, due to the appearance of several hip-hop legends like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
While the show featured some of the greatest tunes of each individual artist (all of which Dr. Dre helped produce), the highlight for Tupac fans and piano fans was the short tribute that Dr. Dre paid to Tupac when he played the first beats of I Ain’t Mad at Cha.
Piano cover by Alicia Keys
The next cover in line is the one performed by Alicia Keys during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Tupac. She played a couple of his song, and of course I Ain’t Mad At Cha had to be part of the show:
If you want to get down like John Dolph, Shock G, Dr. Dre, or Alicia Keys, you can pick up the sheet here:I Ain’t Mad At Cha by Tupac Shakur on musicnotes.com
All of Tupac’s songs are memorable and unique. This piece for sure is one of the greatest when talking about melody and emotions.
What’s funny and interesting to observe is that Shock G, Dr. Dre, and Alicia Keys all play the song in a different key, though none of them is the original. John Dolph plays it in the original key though. Anyway, they are all great musicians!
However, if you want to pick up piano sheets for some other Tupac songs or entirely different artists, make sure to check the huge library on musicnotes.com: