Tyga's Hotel California album includes Tupac Shakur's "Hit 'Em Up," but don't expect to hear the late rapper's verse. Shakur's voice had to be removed from the final product after the YMCMB rapper was unable to clear the copyright.
The L.A. native's version of "Hit 'Em Up" (which he says is not a remake) was released to the 'Net last week, just ahead of the Hotel California release date. "I put it out before [the album] but when it comes to clearing stuff, it takes time," he told Skee TV.
Anticipating the long process, the 23-year-old pushed back the release date to give Shakur's estate time to approve the feature. "It's not like you could just call somebody and bam they gon' hit you right back. It might take two, three weeks, it might take a month for his foundation to get back. It's like at that time, we didn't have enough time to wait."
This may not be the end of the road for "Hit 'Em Up" though. Tyga hopes to turn the song into a bonus track.
As for Hotel California — which hit stores Tuesday (April 9) — the album is expected to sell 45,000-50,000 copes in its first week.
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