Jun 132011

The phrase “MTV Unplugged” may evoke classic stripped-down sets from Nirvana and Eric Clapton, but the new, revamped version of Unplugged discards all that. The latest performer, Lil Wayne, offers nothing remotely “unplugged.” That doesn’t mean it wasn’t special though. Amidst a career-spanning look at his classic tracks, Weezy paid tribute to a hero: Tupac Shakur, covering part of the latter’s “Hail Mary.”

“I knew because this is my ‘Unplugged,’ I said, ‘I want to do some kind of tribute to one of those great artists,'” Wayne told MTV. “It’s just something about ‘Pac and I.”

Having been released from jail less than a year ago, Wayne apparently related to certain sections of the lyrics in particular. “I picked that second verse, ‘Penitentiaries is packed with promise makers,’ and I was like, ‘That whole verse is just perfect – they never realized the precious time that they wasting,’” he said.

Watch the video below, via MTV.

Lil Wayne – Hail Mary (Makaveli [Tupac Shakur] cover)

Check out more Lil Wayne at the Cash Money Record website.

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