Aiyyo, I remember Marvin Gaye used to sing to me
He had me feelin' like black was the thing to be

from 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Marvin Gaye (1939-84) was a famous soul musician, whose solo work prominently featured songs which lamented social injustice and while being simultaneously optimistic and uplifting, an aesthetic that clearly inspired 2pac’s more positive songs, such as this one.

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