Bruce Hornsby Talks Tupac

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2011

Tupac Shakur died 15 years ago tomorrow, and the L.A. Weekly is marking the anniversary by running a series of interviews about Tupac. The latest of those interviews is with ’80s soft-rock don and Bon Iver influence Bruce Hornsby. Hornsby never met Pac, but Pac’s posthumous hit “Changes” sampled Hornsby’s song “The Way It Is.” Hornsby, we learn in the interview is an affable guy and a Tupac fan, as well as a fan of getting paid from that sample. He also uses the term “brothers” in a way that I would not really consider to be advisable. It’s a pretty charming read, and more people should interview unlikely rap sample sources about the ways their songs have been used. Read the interview here.