"Ghetto Gospel" is a song by rapper Tupac Shakur, which was remixed and released as the second single on his posthumous 2004 album Loyal to the Game. The song was written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song "Indian Sunset" from his 1971 album Madman Across the Water. The released version is a remix of the original version, which contained four verses by Shakur. Unknown when this song was originally recorded, 2pac is heard in a 1992 interview rapping lines from this song.
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Eminem removed part of Shakur's first verse ("We never really went through that, 'cause we were born B.C., you and me before crack...".) The words "Lord, can you hear me speak" and "and pay the price of being hellbound" at the end of the song are originally from the fourth verse. There are parts of the song in which Tupac's voice seems to be accompanied by a digitally added, lower toned voice: "before its ruined" from the end of the first verse and "I set goals, take control" and "Before we find world peace" from the second verse. The sudden change of tone in his voice when these words are spoken are possibly the result of multiple layers of time/pitch stretched vocals.
Despite its high sales in the UK (topping the UK chart for three weeks), many Tupac fans have discredited the song because of the tampering with the original voice of Tupac as well as the removal of the two verses. The first of the removed verses spoke about his grandmother: "I remember Grandma's hand used to hold me, mold me, never forget the things she told me." The song also speaks of how the young are cold to those older than them: "And how could you be so cold? You'll get your turn, soon as you turn old." The second of the removed verses begins with "I was a stone cold gangsta man."
The original Elton John song ended with the lines "Peace to this young warrior, comes with a bullet hole." When sampled, the final line is replaced by "without the sound of guns," which occurred slightly earlier in the original song. The lyrics "Those who wish to follow me, I welcome with my hands" actually appear much earlier in the song, and are only sung once. As such, it is not the case that it was simply a case of sampling the chorus. In sampling these lines, Eminem has in effect used various lines from a ballad to create a chorus.
"Ghetto Gospel" was the only song on Loyal to the Game with an accompanying music video. At the very end of the video there is a message from his mother, Afeni Shakur, saying "Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that."