In a week where the world continues to protest in honor of George Floyd and the general mistreatment of black people, 2Pac’s “Changes” hits a little different. The song, released posthumously in October ’98, was a summary of the factors working against many black people in America.
I see no changes, all I see is racist faces.
With all of the police brutality we’ve seen as we protest against police brutality, and the new details we’ve learned about about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the lyrics to the song almost feels like a narration of life in 2020.
“Changes” samples “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and features Talent. Even though it only peaked at No. 32 in the US, “Changes” was a top 5 hit in many European countries and is arguably Pac’s biggest posthumous single. Click play.