A church Christmas carol service has been left red-faced after accidentally printing rap legend, 2pac Shakur’s lyrics inside its hymn book.
A Christmas carol service in the Sri Lankan capital of
Colombo has accidentally printed out the lyrics to late rapper Tupac Shakur’s ‘Hail Mary’ in its programme instead of the 15th century Catholic prayer, The Independent reports.
The mix-up occurred at the 2016 Catholic Joy to the
World Festival at the city’s Nelum Pokuna Theatre
during one of Sri Lanka’s largest Christmas celebrations.
Instead of finding the words “Hail Mary, full of grace, the
Lord is with thee/blessed art thou amongst women, and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb” , the carol singers were
invited to reflect on the 1997 song’s themes of mortality,
violence and sex and whether they wanted to “ride or die.”
Some of the lyrics probably inappropriate for a Catholic
service include: “I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me/
Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ p****” and
“…Mama told me never stop until I bust a nut/“F*** the
world if they can’t adjust, it’s just as well, Hail Mary.”
Pictures of the explicit English-language lyrics in the
service’s programme were uploaded to social media, where they were quickly shared thousands of times. The festival was billed as a fundraiser for “poverty alleviation projects” organised by the archdiocese of Colombo and a charity partner.
Tupac was shot and killed at the age of 25 in Las Vegas
in 1996 in a case that has never been solved. ‘Hail Mary’
was his final single, released after his death.
He is due to be inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 2017, along with Pearl Jam and Joan