Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the music of late rap legend Tupac Shakur, begins previews next week. The show reinterprets a handful of Tupac’s biggest songs, from the sweetly confessional “Dear Mama” to the rousing player’s anthem “I Get Around.” The cast, a healthy mix of Broadway vets and newcomers, have recorded the show’s nearly two dozen songs, and EW is pleased to premiere three of those songs.
It’s a difficult tightrope to walk, but the cast — including lead actor and spoken word performer Saul Williams — manage to make the tracks their own while still preserving Shakur’s spirit. Check out the cast recordings of “California Love,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” and “Unconditional Love” below.
And in case you want to compare and contrast, here are the originals.
“Holler If Ya Hear Me”