Memphis rapper NLE Choppa channels the legendary Tupac Shakur in his new video “Picture Me Grapin.” The track is Choppa’s latest release off of his mixtape From Dark to Light. The visuals take you back to the classic 90s party and West Coast culture. But perhaps the most significant part about “Picture Me Grapin,” is the familiar looks and sounds.
Co-directed by Ben Marc and Choppa himself, “Picture Me Grapin,” shows the 18-year-old rapper reliving some of Shakur’s most iconic moments. This includes the public moment of Shakur spitting at paparazzi as he leaves the courthouse, as well as the “Hit Em Up” and “I Get Around” videos. Out of the many looks, Choppa teamed up with notable hip-hop designer Karl Kani for one particularly special look to include in his tribute.
Choppa and Kani recreated one of Shakur’s old photoshoots. Days before the release of “Picture Me Grapin,” Choppa posted photos on Instagram donning a bald head, denim overalls, and a navy blue hoodie — practically identical to the late rapper’s infamous 1993 photoshoot. Kani also makes an appearance in the video.
Released this past Saturday, the “Picture Me Grapin” video already has over four million views (and counting) and is #4 trending on YouTube. The recreation of Shakur’s last photoshoot and videos has social media quite impressed with the young artist. This now adds to the several other successful hits Choppa has released.
His debut album Top Shotta (2020) scored Choppa a top 10 entry on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Choppa has a whopping 9.6 million loyal monthly listeners on Spotify and was a feature in the 2020 XXL Freshman Class.
Choppa continues to show gratitude for his music idol in several Instagram posts. The Memphis native also expressed that “Picture Me Grapin” wasn’t the first time he’s paid tribute to Shakur. Choppa shared a video of what looks like to be a younger him, raping his own lyrics over Shakur’s “Dear Mama” to his mom.
For all the old school hip-hop fans out there, it may be safe to say this was a remake done well. Watch and stream “Picture Me Grapin” out now on all platforms.
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