Changes (Tupac Shakur song)

Changes (Tupac Shakur song)
Single by 2Pac featuring Talent
from the album Greatest Hits
Released October 13, 1998
Format CD
Recorded 1992 (Remixed In 1997-1998)
Genre Conscious hip hop, Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop Soul
Length 4:30
Label Interscope/Amaru/Death Row
Writer(s) 2Pac
Deon Evans
Bruce Hornsby[1]
2Pac featuring Talent singles chronology
"Do for Love"
Music sample

"Changes" is a hip hop song by the late Tupac Shakur, the song was originally recorded during his tenure at Interscope records in 1992. Changes was later remixed during 1997-1998. The song re-uses lines from another 2Pac song called "I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto" which was recorded during the same year. The song samples the 1986 hit "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. 2Pac at times re-used lines from other unreleased songs because he would try to make an updated version. However, since his death many of the unreleased and unmastered songs are being officially released.



The song was a #1 hit in Norway and The Netherlands and reached the top ten in the singles charts of several other countries, including #3 in the United Kingdom. It is one of 2Pac's most notable and popular songs. Released posthumously on his album Greatest Hits, the song talks about all of the different issues that were related to 2Pac's era of influence - notably racism, police brutality, drugs and gang violence.

"Changes" was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards of 2000 and remains the only posthumous song to be nominated in this category. In 2009, "Changes" was chosen as one of 12 songs to appear on the Vatican's official Myspace music page. The "Huey" that 2Pac mentions in the song ("two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead") is Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party. In 2008, "Changes" climbed to Number One on Billboard magazine's Hot Ringtones chart.

Music video

The Chris Hafner-directed music video is a compilation of a number of previous music videos 2Pac released in addition to home videos and never-before-seen pictures, similar to the format of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Dead Wrong", also released in 1999.


The song is an interpretation of the 1986 hit "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Bay Area rapper E-40 had interpreted the song already on his track, "Things'll Never Change," for his album Tha Hall of Game. The Tupac 'Changes' instrumental was used by Insane Clown Posse in "Mom Song" a mothers day song. Nas samples the song for his song Black President.

Peak positions

Charts (1999) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[3] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[5] 11
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[6] 1
France (SNEP)[7] 39
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 7
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 9
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 12
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[15] 38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[16] 3


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