Icona Pop Asked Tupac’s Mom For Permission To Sample Tupac On New Single

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By: / August 1, 2013

Swedish pop duo Icona Pop looked beyond genre borders for their latest single “Girlfriend,” grabbing inspiration from late rapper Tupac Shakur.

In a recent interview with Page 31, the dance artists explained how 2Pac’s song “Me & My Girlfriend” inspired the new record. They even took the time to pen a personal letter to Tupac’s mother, Afeni, to use the sample for the house track. Although the assumption was that Jay Z and Beyonce’s “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” inspired the record, the pop duo confirmed it was the original that sparked the idea.

“We went into it thinking more about the Tupac version—I mean it was Tupac’s song from the beginning and he’s singing me and my Girlfriend and he’s referring to his gun but were doing it more like a celebration for our friendship,” they said. “We were sitting in the studio talking about, we don’t even have a home, we don’t have—we just have each other and that’s all we need in this life of sin, and we thought it just related to what we were going through so we sent a letter to Tupac’s mother to ask if we could use the song, and she said yes.”

Check out their new visual for “Girlfriend” and the track that started it all below.

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