Afeni Shakur Talks 'Dear Mama' Inclusion In National Recording Registry

Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur was honored that the Library of Congress included her son’s tribute song “Dear Mama” in the National Recording Registry. Tupac recorded the track in early 1995, just before he was sentenced to a year in the Clinton Correctional Facility on a sexual assault charge.  

The song was one of 25 important recordings chosen by the Library of Congress for preservation due song’s cultural and historical importance.

"I’m incredibly touched.  It could have been any song, but I’m honored they chose ‘Dear Mama’ in particular,” Afeni Shakur said. “It is a song that spoke not just to me, but every mother that has been in that situation, and there have been millions of us. Tupac recognized our struggle, and he is still our hero."

In December of 2009, The Vatican selected Tupac Shakur’s hit single “Changes” as one of its “12 Favorite Songs.”