“Wise words bein’ quoted, peeped the weakness in the rap game.”
One of the largest Christmas Carol services in Sri Lanka has mistakenly printed the lyrics to Tupac Shakur’s ‘Hail Mary’ in place of the traditional Catholic prayer, according to reports. In what must be one of the most sizable search engine errors (or misjudged pranks) in recent yuletide history, the brochure for the Joy To The World 2016 service at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre sported immortal lines from the deceased rapper’s 1998 jam such as, “Makaveli in this, Killuminati, all through your body, the blow’s like a twelve gauge shotty.”
It sounds to good to be true, but social media posts featuring the brochure in question suggest the sold out crowd did indeed receive the song’s blue-hued lyrics in full, with not a parental advisory sticker in sight. It’s debatable whether the song’s message was in line with the event’s purpose of fundraising for “poverty alleviation”.
It’s not the first time Shakur has been called upon to help others around this time of year. Back in 1992, when the late rapper’s career was in its ascendance, he was invited to contribute to a A Very Special Christmas Vol. 2 to raise money for the Special Olympics. Although legal issues saw his track dropped from the album, at the time he was interviewed by MTV about the meaning of Christmas.
In more recent news, it was announced this week that 2Pac will be inducted posthumously into the Hall Of Fame in 2017.