Ghetto Gospel

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"Ghetto Gospel"
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Single by 2Pac featuring Elton John
from the album Loyal to the Game
B-side "Thugs Get Lonely Too"
ReleasedApril 25, 2005 [1]
Producer(s) Eminem
2Pac singles chronology
"Thugs Get Lonely Too"
"Ghetto Gospel"

"Ghetto Gospel" is a song by American rapper Tupac Shakur, which was released as the lead single from his 2004 posthumous album Loyal to the Game . The song was produced by American rapper Eminem and features a sample of Elton John's 1971 song "Indian Sunset".


The single topped the charts in the UK (for 3 weeks), [2] Australia, Czech Republic, and Ireland. In New Zealand it peaked at number 3. The song was written by Tupac as an outcry to "end the war on the streets", addressing the futility of racial difference and dissidence, particularly under the unifying banner of poverty. He also pays tribute to murdered black activists Malcolm X and Bobby Hutton in the song.

In response to Eminem's remix, Elton John said: "how he's managed to meld [Indian Sunset] with Tupac, I'll never know. It's just genius." [3]

Original version

Tupac recorded the song for inclusion on the 1992 Christmas-themed compilation album A Very Special Christmas 2 , but due to his legal issues, the song was dropped from the compilation and was never released.[ citation needed ] This version has a much faster tempo and has a third and fourth verse which didn't feature in the 2004 remix. [4] This version was produced by Big D The Impossible, a regular producer on Tupac's first two albums; 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. and does not contain the "Indian Sunset" sample, but builds on a sample of Tracy Chapman's song "Crossroads" instead. [5]

Music video

"Ghetto Gospel" was the only song on Loyal to the Game with an accompanying music video on YouTube. The music video showcases the last day of a man's life before he is fatally shot in the evening. Neither 2Pac nor Elton John physically appeared in the video - though clips of 2Pac are shown on a television. Towards the end of the music video, the actor (J. D. Williams) is shot but then appears at his own funeral, fueling rumors that the rapper's death was faked. At the end of the video, there is a message from 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, saying "Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that".

Track listing

CD single
1."Ghetto Gospel"*Contains elements from "Indian Sunset" by Elton John 3:58
UK CD single
1."Ghetto Gospel" Eminem 3:58
2."Thugs Get Lonely Too" (feat. Nate Dogg)
Eminem 4:48

Official versions



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [29] Platinum70,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark) [30] Gold45,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
Germany (BVMI) [31] Gold150,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
New Zealand (RMNZ) [32] Gold5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) [33] Platinum600,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

United StatesNovember 22, 2004 Urban contemporary radio Amaru, Interscope [34]

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