Rob “Fonksta” Bacon Recounts Making 2Pac’s “Dear Mama” With Tony Pizarro

Rob ‘Fonksta’ Bacon is a legendary guitarist and producer whose work has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Recently, he took to Instagram to share some behind-the-scenes stories of his collaboration with hip-hop producer Tony Pizarro on the iconic track “Dear Mama” from the classic 1995 2Pac album Me Against The World.

In his Instagram post, Bacon recounted his session at Echo Sound Studios where he first heard the smooth, moody groove of “Dear Mama” with its haunting sample loop of Joe Sample’s “In My Wildest Dreams”. He described the process of laying down his iconic guitar pieces and recommending Reggie Green to sing the hook on what would become one of 2Pac’s most beloved songs.

“Dear Mama” is a poignant tribute to 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and has resonated with fans for its raw emotion and heartfelt lyrics. The track was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top of the charts and solidifying 2Pac’s status as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Bacon’s collaboration with Tony Pizarro on “Dear Mama” is just one of many highlights in his illustrious career. Over the years, he has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including DJ Quik, Suga Free, and Raphael Saadiq. His contributions to these artists’ music have helped to shape the sound of hip-hop and R&B, earning him a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought-after producers and session musicians.

With “Dear Mama” being selected for preservation at the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress in 2010, Bacon’s Instagram post offers fans a rare glimpse into the creative process behind this iconic track. His insights and anecdotes shed light on the collaborative spirit that drives great music and serve as a reminder of the power of art to touch hearts and change lives.

As Rob ‘Fonksta’ Bacon continues to inspire and influence the next generation of musicians, his legacy as a legendary guitarist and producer is sure to endure for years to come. And with stories like the one he shared about “Dear Mama”, his contributions to the music industry will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come.