The following is a full list of 2Pac's music videos:
2Pac Music Videos (as a Lead Artist)
"Brenda's Got a Baby" (1992)
Directors: Hughes Brothers
Leading Actress: Ethel "Edy" Proctor
The "Brenda's Got a Baby" music video helps viewers visualize the story of a young girl. She is the mother of a newborn baby (played by Ethel "Edy" Proctor) and the struggles she had before and after she gave birth. The entire video is shot in black and white.
The video begins with a "Based on a true story" caption at the bottom of the screen. It alludes to the inspiration behind why 2Pac wrote the song: he read a story in the newspaper of a 12-year-old girl who got pregnant from her cousin.
In the "Brenda's Got a Baby" music video, they show snippets of Brenda having a baby on the bathroom floor after she takes off her backpack. Afterward, she drops her baby into a dumpster. She eventually gasps after hearing her baby crying and turns around.
The music video also films Brenda getting robbed while trying to sell crack. Subsequently, she started having sex with men for money. Viewers find out that she died shortly thereafter, as man is found reading the newspaper with the headline, "Prostitute Found Slain" in the Oakland Tribune.
At the end of the video, it shows three men near the body: a police officer, a detective holding a sheet over Brenda's body, and a photographer taking pictures of the corpse. A crowd, one of whom is 2Pac himself is found behind "Police Line Do Not Cross" lines. He asks a second police officer what happened. After having a conversation with the officer, 2Pac walks away from the crowd.
In the videos final shots, liquor is poured out of a bottle in memory of Brenda and a framed photo of her appears next to a lamp. The photo vanishes as the song ends.
"If My Homie Calls" (1992)
Director: Tupac Shakur
The "If My Homie Calls" music video takes place at a time when White and Black people were segregated. 2Pac uses a crowbar to break into a room that showed a "No Blacks Allowed" sign turned on. He and his friends broke into the room and found a White man playing the saxophone. 2Pac's friends carried him off stage as Shakur rapped to "If My Homie Calls" in front of a White crowd. Members of the White audience are confused and disgruntled.
In addition to this storyline, the music video shows several black and white shots of 2Pac and his homies.
Director: Hughes Brothers
Features: Shock G
2Pac's "Trapped" music video is a depiction of 2Pac being harassed by the police and put in jail. There are shots in color and other shots black and white; the black and white shots represent 2Pac when he's in jail. [✔]
It begins with 2Pac and his friends playing a dice game for money. A police car drives around the corner and the men run away. 2Pac is eventually 'trapped' in an alleyway by three cops and is arrested and put in a jail cell.
The leader of Digital Underground, Shock G, makes cameo appearances in the video. He is first seen as Tupac's visitor, speaking on the phone with him on the other side of a glass window. He is also seen reciting the hook, "Nah, he can't keep the Black man down."
2Pac's "Trapped" music video correlates well with an incident he had with the Oakland Police Department. In October 1991, he was arrested and assaulted for jaywalking and resisting arrest after he cursed at the police for demeaning his name and prolonging the issuing of a ticket. Coincidentally, the "Trapped" single was released during the last week of September 1991.
2Pac explained his side of the story in a press conference:
Basically, I walked across the street at 17th and Broadway. The police officers stopped me on the sidewalk and asked to see my ID. They sweated me about my name. The officers said, "You have to learn your place."
They were charging me with jaywalking. So, I was riffing, arguing about why would they charge me with a petty crime. I kept yelling, asking them to give me my citation and let me go about my business.
Next thing I know, my face was being buried into the concrete, and I was laying facedown in the gutter, waking up from being unconscious in cuffs with blood on my face. And I'm going to jail for resisting arrest.
That's harassment to me, that I have to be stopped in the street and checked, like we're in South Africa and asked for my ID. Officer Boyovich repeatedly slammed my face into the floor, while Rogers put the cuffs on me. That's not called for, for jaywalking.
2Pac sued the Oakland Police Department for $10 million. The two parties eventually settled and Tupac Shakur was awarded $42,000; the majority of the money went to pay legal fees to his lawyer, John Burris.
"Holler If Ya Hear Me" (1993)
Director: Stephen Ashley Blake
2Pac's "Holler If Ya Hear Me" music video begins with a dramatic scene. Before the song plays, the camera moves from the narrative of a policeman walking with a flashlight, moving past a Black man lying face down on the ground after he got shot by the police. The policeman stops after finding what appears to be his son, wearing a baseball cap, crawled up near a trash can. A weeping widow is also seen crying on a doorstep.
The policeman puts the adolescent in handcuffs and they walk towards a police car. They stop after see his dead father with a gun next to hand. After a few seconds, they continue walking to a police car, where he finds two more police officers. One of them pulls out the gun, which appears to be the weapon he used to kill his father in a shooting between him and the police. They stare at each other before the young man eventually gets put in the police car.
While this scene plays, 2Pac makes the following declaration:
"Too many families that's been affected by a wrongful death. This system and this country has tore apart my family and our families. You can't have a Black family and be together.
How many more funerals do we gotta go to? And how many more scenes of the crime do we gotta watch them chalk out Black figures on the concrete before we realize that the only way for us to ever get out of this predicament is to struggle to survive?
If we want a change, we gotta fight for it. Ain't nobody gonna give it to us; we just gon' have to take it."
At this point, the music starts playing. As it does, two narratives play at the same time. One is a compilation of young Black men and women gathering together, in the streets and in closed meetings. Clips of the adolescent interject these scenes, as it shows recollections of his memories and the aftermath of his father's death.
After seeing his mother reminiscing on her lost husband, the young boy finds money in the house and takes to the street. He also buys a gun from someone in an alley.
Tupac can be found in some of the scenes where Black people take to the streets. He can also be found wearing a bulletproof vest walking around at a shooting range while young people fire rounds at paper targets.
In the final scene, Tupac and company have left, and the young boy is seen standing alone at the shooting range. The youth takes off the baseball cap and reveals himself to be a girl, revealing her long hair. She reaches into her coat to retrieve her gun and fires at the target.
The entire music video made for "Holler If Ya Hear Me" was shot completely in black and white.
"I Get Around" (1993)
Director: David Dobkin
2Pac's "I Get Around" music video begins with 2Pac's intercom being buzzed. 2Pac is asleep (with three girls by his side) while his friends wait for him to open the gate to his house.
Throughout the music video, there are three recurring settings: [✔]
- A tennis court, where he chases a girl who's playfully running away from him
- A bathtub, where he gets washed by a lady in a bikini in his bathtub
The backyard is where most of the music video is recorded. 2Pac and his homies have a pool party; his friends drive past a gate and bring in everything they need for a barbecue. Later in the video, several women come and dance to the beat of "I Get Around" in their bikinis. One woman at the party gets intimate with 2Pac in the swimming pool near the end.
While people are enjoying the barbecue, two women sneak in and chase 2Pac in his white shorts.
According to Shock G, he knew it was going to be a hit after shooting the video. He was correct: not only did the song become a hit, but it was the third-highest Billboard hit in his entire discography, and his most successful hit up to this point.
"Keep Ya Head Up" (1993)
The "Keep Ya Head Up" music video is dedicated to Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old Black girl who was illegally shot in in the head by 51-year-old female Korean-American store owner Soon Ja Du. He opens with the video with the words:
"Dedicated to the memory of LATASHA HARLINS...
it's still on."
The music video focuses on the Black community, where 2Pac raps and dances in the middle of a crowded circle.
Other scenes hint at getting the Black community sticking together. For example, he alludes to how Latasha Harlins got killed by creating a scene where a Black child enters a Black corner store and is welcomed by a female cashier and a bag boy (played by 2Pac). Several scenes are also shot with 2Pac holding and interacting with young kids. [✔]
"Papa'z Song" (1994)
Actress: Vivica A. Fox
Features: Mopreme Shakur
2Pac's "Papa'z Song" music video depicts the detriments of a young Black boy not having a well-established male role model. [✔]
It begins with a scene of a boy in a Yankees jersey playing catch by himself against a brick wall; this coincides with the first line of his first verse. It also includes scenes of the boy praying at night and writing letters to someone who would later be revealed to be to his father.
Mopreme Shakur, 2Pac's older stepbrother, has a verse in the song and appears in the video. Both he and 2Pac represent the older versions of the boy who felt neglected. Eventually, they both visit their father in jail and leave the cell disappointed.
In the last verse, 2Pac impersonates his father talking to his son from jail. In the "Papa'z Song" music video, the father writes a letter to 2Pac from his jail cell. Near the end of the verse, there are scenes of his boy envisioning his dad being there with him playing catch and saying his prayers.
There are scenes of a husband and women arguing. They also act in front of the jail cell.
"Dear Mama" (1995)
Director: Lionel C. Martin
Guest Appearance: Afeni Shakur
2Pac's "Dear Mama" music video starts with Afeni Shakur, 2Pac's mother, sharing her story of being pregnant in jail.
"When I was pregnant, in jail, I thought I was gonna have a baby and the baby would never be with me, but I was acquitted a month and 3 days before Tupac was born. I was real happy, because I had a son."
After her tribute, Afeni Shakur reenacts her reconciliation with an actor playing 2Pac. She can also be found in her home watching 2Pac's "I Get Around," "Keep Ya Head Up," and "Brenda's Got a Baby" music videos on TV.[✔] 
During the time of shooting the video, 2Pac himself was serving a prison sentence when the "Dear Mama" music video was released. He was found guilty of sexually abusing a woman with whom he previously had sexual relations.
While in prison, his 1995 album Me Against the World quickly climbed the charts. Demand for a "Dear Mama" music video grew, the video was released while he was in prison and for that reason couldn't be in the video.
"So Many Tears" (1995)[need link to music video]
Director: David Nelson
Leading Actor: Coolio (the bellhop)
Guest Appearance(s): Adina Howard, B-Real, Bill Bellamy, Crystal Waters, DJ Spinderella, Ice-T, Isaac Hayes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jasmine Guy, Kenya Moore, Salt (Salt-n-Pepa), Shock G, Joe Torry, Treach, Warren G, Yo-Yo
The "Temptations" music video centers around a hotel bellhop (played by rapper Coolio), who spots sexual scenarios as he goes door to door delivering orders.
Before the music plays, an actor playing 2Pac walks past the bellhop and the hotel concierge (played by Ice-T). While the concierge is singing "Freak Me" by Silk, the bellhop notices 2Pac. [✔] With the instrumental of 2Pac's "Me Against the World" playing in the background, Ice-T aggressively tells his bellhop to deliver the orders.
Soon thereafter, while "Temptations" plays. The bellhop is in one of the hallways, where he finds several sexual-related scenes, including a round of strip poker, a lesbian affair, and multiple romantic scenes between a man and a woman.
Some of the scenes are comedic. One example is when the bellhop gets caught looking into a keyhole after watching a woman give a sexy dance. In another instance, a man gets thrown out of his hotel room (assumedly by his partner), and a woman from another room calls him over.
Near the end of the video, Coolio gets lucky himself. After knocking on the door, female rapper Yo-Yo opens the door in all-black attire: black skirt, black bra, and an open black jacket. After checking out the bellhop, she quickly invites him in. Coolio looks around to make sure no one sees him and enters the room and subsequently puts the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door handle.
Meanwhile, the hotel concierge is left frustrated, wondering where the bellboy is. At the same time, an actor playing 2Pac passes by with a girl.
According to David Nelson, the music video director, Ice-T was not originally supposed to play the role of the concierge. He originally had a well-known comedian set for the role, but he had to cancel at the last minute.
The Los Angeles Times inquired whether the video deals with the alleged acts leading to Shakur's imprisonment. Author Steve Hochman alludes to the fact that the music video takes place in a hotel setting and includes intimate scenes, which correlate well with the details of the crimes for which 2Pac went to jail.
David Nelson insists that it was purely coincidental that 2Pac was imprisoned for similar occurrences.
"California Love" (1996)
Both the original version and the remix have music videos.
Recorded: November 10, 1995
The "California Love" music video is the first music video in which 2Pac appears since getting out of prison. [✔]
It takes place in a desert in the year 2095. It begins with an evil tribe who was holding several women hostage in a tent. The group includes Chris Tucker (his right-hand man) Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tony Cox (a dwarf soldier). Roger Troutman can be also found at the party holding a talk box.
Near the end of the video, the evil tribe chases 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and the girls they saved in the desert. It eventually ends with a cliffhanger cut by a "To Be Continued" closing with 2Pac getting flashbacks of previous scenes while he's dreaming.
While Dr. Dre and Hype Williams (the music video director) were in Nevada, they looking for the perfect place to film the shoot. In February 1995, Dre came across a group of people from the Burning Man festival. He found out that they weren't charging anyone to enter the festival. He thought it was a great place to shoot the video and make money off it.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett met with Dr. Dre about the video, but she took herself off the project. It has been stated that she left because of her close friendship with 2Pac and her relationship with Will Smith (who was not a fan of gangsta rap).
In 2016, Chris Tucker told a story about how Michael Clarke Duncan saved his life while filming the music video. On the Late Late Show with James Corden, he says he almost fell off a jeep after driving down a doom.
Director: Hype Williams
Date Shot: November 28, 1995
The "California Love" remix also has a music video. It is a continuation of the story presented in the original version, where the viewer finds out that the first music video was a nightmare 2Pac had.
The rest of the "California Love" music video is shot as if it were a celebration and welcoming of 2Pac being signed to Death Row Records, a company Dr. Dre helped co-found. By the time the "California Love" single was released, Dr. Dre was still with the company but not nearly as involved as he once was during its early days.[✔]
"All About U" (1996)
Director: Rob Johnson, Marlene Rhein
Recorded: May 12, 1996
The music video begins with a man at a fashion show named Theo calling 2Pac's house; he called to find out where he was because he still hadn't arrived at the show as planned. Someone else picks up the phone and finds out that a limo is going to pick up 2Pac. He immediately calls up his friends and tells them there's going to be a "function."
Meanwhile, 2Pac can be found flipping through TV channels watching the news and sitting naked on a toilet seat reading a magazine.
He eventually leaves his mansion as a limo comes to pick him up. The man who was at his house in the first scene was left behind. The man eventually passes 2Pac and laughs at him as he and his friends go to the concert while 2Pac gets patted down by 2 female police officers. He eventually sneaks into the backstage area but one of the modeling staff members shoos him away.
During the final verse and the outro, there is a mixture of scenes that show models walking down a runway along with other scenes of kids break dancing.
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (1996)
Director: Gobi M. Rahimi
Date Shot: May 1996
Like several preceding 2Pac music videos, "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" includes a prelude leading up to the song. It begins with parody caricatures of Biggie Smalls (known as "Piggie") and Puff Daddy (known as "Buff Daddy").
2Pac walks in with a bloody white shirt, his left arm in a cast, and two of his allies behind him. 2Pac and Piggie have a dialogue, all of which allude to a scene in Scarface where Frank Lopez dies. Piggie and Buff Daddy think 2Pac is going to pull out a gun and shoot them; he pulls out a cigarette instead. 2Pac says not going to kill either other one them. Subsequently, he tells one of his allies to shoot them.
The song plays, and it shows yellow 'police lines,' implying that Piggie and Buff Daddy were killed in the office.
The "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" music video was filmed 4 months before 2Pac's death.
"How Do U Want It" (1996)
"Hit 'Em Up" (1996)
"I Ain't Mad at Cha" (1996)
"Made Niggaz" (1996)
"Made Niggaz" is the last single for which 2Pac shot a music video before he died. [✔]
Post-Humous Music Videos
"Toss It Up" (1996)
"Toss it Up" is the first music video to be released after 2Pac's death. Released on September 26, 1996, the single was released 13 days after his death (September 13, 1996).
"To Live & Die in L.A." (1997)
"Hail Mary" (1997)
"Wanted Dead or Alive" (1997)
"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" (1997)
"Do for Love" (1998)
"Unconditional Love" (1999)
"Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" (2000)
"Until the End of Time" (2001)
"Letter 2 My Unborn" (2001)
"Thugz Mansion" (2002)
"Runnin' (Dying to Live)" (2003)
"Ghetto Gospel" (2005)
"Pac's Life" (2006)
2Pac Music Videos (as a Featured Artist)
"Same Song" (Lead Artist: Digital Underground; 1991)
"Cradle to the Grave" (Lead Artist: Thug Life; 1994)
"Smile" (Lead Artist: Scarface; 1997)
"R U Still Down?" (Lead Artist: Jon B; 1998)
"Playa Cardz Right" (Lead Artist: Keyshia Cole; 2008)
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