Jhene Aiko Channels Tupac with ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ Cover (Video)

Last week, Jhene Aiko performed some new material for Rap-Up Sessions with a cut called “Bed Peace.” Then the petite singer whipped out a song she frequently takes on the road with her, the Tupac classic “Keep Ya Head Up.”

“I think he’s a global icon for speaking your mind, being controversial, and just having something to say in your music,” she told Rap-Up TV. “He had it all—the look, the music, and he really stood for something. Even if you just wanna make the world happy or make ‘em dance, it should be for a reason and not just for personal gain, and I think he really took responsibility for that. He knew the power in music.”

If you haven’t caught Aiko’s version of “Keep Ya Head Up” live, here’s your chance to catch her acoustic rendition; her EP Sail Out is on its way for a late summer release.