This location is probably a personal favorite of mine because of the fact that it was the one that really elevated my Instagram page to another level by gathering a ton of recognition and likes, and it was also my first Tupac location, I believe.
This music video is so iconic because it came out right after ‘Pac died in 96. Released posthumously, it really freaked out a lot of people because it was so eery.The entire music video is centered around Tupac being shot six times and dying, then rapping to his friend throughout the video as an angel/ghost in a glorious all white suit. Since it was released three days after his death, you can only imagine the macabre reaction that it must have evoked nationwide.
It must have also been really sad at the time, because so many people emotionally connect with Tupac on a level that can really only be rivaled by Bob Marley.
Overall, I really enjoyed the music video, and in my opinion was a bit ahead of it’s time figuratively and literally.
(Also, the audio from the music video is 10x better than the one from the soundtrack in my opinion)
Anyway, let’s get to what you want to hear.
It took me a longgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg time to find this location. I did my homework. I had to find the music video director and scour the internet and old Los Angeles Times articles (which I eventually had to pay for a membership to continue searching). My research led to me learning that it was in “the Hancock Park area”, which is central Los Angeles, almost near mid city, but closer to Korea Town. I hit up everyone for this location. Danny Boy (the singer on the track). Reginald Wright (death row security) and I instagram DM’ed the music video director Kevin Swain.
Eventually, I found an old interview of Kevin Swain, and discovered exactly where the location was via that. He said it was the Park Plaza Hotel.
I quickly went to my maps, and discovered that it led to some place called “The MacArthur.” Upon discovery that the name had been changed since the filming, we waited until the nightfall. We wanted to pay true homage to this film location by capturing the pictures at the time of night that Tupac filmed it on that night of May 17, 1996.
We arrived, and before getting out of the car we watched the music video one more time to refresh our memories, though that was unnecessary considering I practically had memorized every second.
As I walked on the sidewalk, allow me to tell you the list of thoughts that rushed into my head:
“Wow, this shit looks the exact same!”
“How has that sign not changed?”
“This is freaking eery.”
“I wonder if the weather was this good the night Tupac filmed it. It’s fucking perfect!”
“Man, I thought this was a club in the music video. It just looks like some old abandoned hotel.”
“Wow, Tupac stood right HERE in an all white suit.”
As I marveled at the work of this rapper, I felt his power. I felt the peace that Pac must have felt filming this prophetic music video 4 months before his untimely death. I turned around and saw the majestic LA night skyline, with the glistening downtown building lights twinkling upon the MacArthur Park Lake, and smiled to myself as I knew that Pac, who loved LA, had to take a moment like I did to appreciate the beauty in this thing called life.
Location: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057