For a ludicrous amount of time after his 1996 shooting death, Tupac Shakur‘s label continued to release new material from the record-breaking rap pioneer (check out comedian Dave Chapelle and Roots drummer ?uestlove lampooning this here). That time has come and gone, but L.A.’s Capital Cities found a way to sneak some old Tupac stuff into their cover of Pink Floyd‘s classic track “Breathe.”
Capital Cities’ electro pop sound takes the spaced-out original and puts it in the club. The vocals are surprisingly similar to Pink Floyd’s version and layer perfectly over the smooth, danceable beats crafted by Capital Cities. The song would be pretty good at that point, but the addition of Tupac’s rap from Scarface’s 1997 song “Smile” puts the song over the top. It’s unexpected, unconventional, and fits the song uncannily well. Download the track below and marvel at this combination.