This Alternate Version Of “How Long Will They Mourn Me” Has An Unreleased Tupac Verse (Audio)
Long before they were label-mates at Death Row, Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg made a jam together. Thug Life’s 1994 single “How Long Will They Mourn Me?” is eerie, given that Shakur, Nate, and now Big Syke have all died since the record released. Furthermore, Jam Master Jay (who is credited alongside Warren G and Nate Dogg as producer) also was murdered a decade after the Interscope Records track released. Released as a video, the joint is a focal point (alongside “Pour Our A Little Liquor” and “Cradle To The Grave” on the 10-track group album).
Besides group front man ‘Pac, the song features Syke, Rated R, and Macadoshis. Today, in honor of Big Syke (who died earlier this month), Tupac, and Nate Dogg, DJ King Assassin partnered with Chad Kiser and HipHopDX to release an alternate version of “How Long Will They Mourn Me?”
“[This alternate version of ‘How Long Will They Mourn Me’] has me, Big Syke, Macadoshis on it. It’s produced by Warren G. What’s different on this one is that the verse from Tupac is totally different. Nobody’s heard this verse at all. No one,” King Assassin told DX. “The song sounds different cause it’s a different mix. I always had it in the cut. I never planned on releasing it but I think now that him and ‘Pac are gone people would want to hear anything from them.”
Last year, DJ King Assassin released an early, alternate version of Tupac hit “Dear Mama” featuring a sample by Ice Cube protégé Yo-Yo as the chorus.
#BonusBeat: The original video version: