A Track Tupac Produced & Wrote For MC Hammer Surfaces & It’s Too Tight (Audio & Video)
To describe Tupac as prolific in the eleven months after his release from prison and before his death would be a gross understatement. According to reports, Pac recorded more than 14 songs in the first two weeks after his return home and, over the next several months, he had enough material for a double album and several posthumous albums.
Beyond his own songs, Tupac, who had joined Death Row Records as a condition for the label posting bail for his release from prison, was also writing material for other artists on the label. One such rapper was MC Hammer, who also signed to the Row in 1995. While on the label, Hammer began working on an album titled Too Tight, that was never released. Several songs reportedly were recorded for the project, including one titled “Too Late Playa”, with both Big Daddy Kane and Tupac.
Over the years, footage has surfaced of Tupac in the studio working on the title track for Too Tight. Pac is seen behind the boards doing vocal production for a singer who is recording the hook, and his reference track for Hammer can be heard playing in the background. Despite the availability of that footage, however, the full version of the song was not available until this week. As reported on HipHopDX, the CD quality version of the track surfaced a couple of days ago and can now be heard in its entirety.
The track sports a production by Tupac, himself, and Jose Fuentes, that interpolates the Ohio Players’ “Skin Tight,” and features a cadence from Tupac that is more reminiscent of the one he used in his Holler If Ya Hear Me era, than the one he was flexing on All Eyez On Me in 1995. What’s particularly striking is how well Hammer mimics Pac’s flow. He employs the same husky and breathy delivery, and also uses his trademarks overdubs to the same effect. While the vocal tone is distinctly Hammer, everything else about the song is Tupac.
Here is the footage of Tupac producing the song in the studio, as his vocals play on the track.