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Jim Belushi

Tupac ...

HUGE Sinatra Fan

3/14/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Gangster rap icon Tupac Shakur secretly LOVED sappy love songs ... especially Frank Sinatra's ... so says Jim Belushi, who's now taking credit for inspiring Tupac's soft side.

Jim was out in L.A. Tuesday when we asked if Tupac inspired him while they worked on "Gang Related" together -- Tupac's final film role before the rapper's death in 1996.

Jim hesitated ... then said, "I influenced him. I turned him on to Frank Sinatra."

Jim said he and Pac listened to a certain Sinatra song together and tried to figure out how to remix it into a rap song ... but Pac said, "This [song] is so melodic. This song is so beautiful, it should never be touched."

And you'll never guess what the song was ...

22 COMMENTS

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IwuvTMZ    

Ain't nobody got time for that!

527 days ago
2.

Made it Past 27    

they only listen to rap

527 days ago
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LK    

DO I BELIEVE U JIM ??? NOT SURE ...

527 days ago
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tdr9    

Who cares! We need more news

527 days ago
5.

.    

i only listen to cake music...

526 days ago
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cobrazombie    

That's OK, Jim. I secretly like K-9.

526 days ago
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MAX    

Capone was a gangster these little punks are or were just that punks

526 days ago
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LAPartyMcSage    

The song was "It Was A Very Good Year". When I was 21...

526 days ago
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laffnbear    

Jim was pulling the pap's chain And he bought it.

526 days ago
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Meg    

Too many people nowadays don't know the real Pac. He went to a performing arts schools and was a very talented theater performer. He had more charisma than any rapper now. It is not surprising that he would've liked Sinatra, but I highly doubt he had never heard him before. Nonetheless, I believe it, because Pac was more than the image Suge and Death Row put out there. Unfortunately, Pac had to go along with what Suge said, because Suge bailed him out of jail. But when Pac fulfilled his requirements, we would've heard greatness. Obviously, Suge didn't want that.

526 days ago
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tleeg    

What an idiot papparrazi...."did u pick up any habits u still use today" where do u get these stupid lame ass questions? I have friends ive had for 25 yeara and i didnt pick up any habits from them..this man works with a guy for 2 momths and hes supposed to evolve into 2pac? Gimme a break. Do they get these papparazzi clowns fresh out of 4th grade?

526 days ago
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TheTruth    

Good music is good music regardless of the genre. Most musicians, like myself, appreciate all types of music.

526 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Tupac was gay...and that is not a flame... watch a vid of the dude when he was 17-18 before he decided to go hardcore and change his persona. Steroids, shaved head and Thug Life Tattoo could not Thug the gay away.

Jus sayin yo!

526 days ago
14.

RD    

Who in the world wants to listen to JIM Belushi? They only reason he's a semi-famous b-list actor is because of his brother John. If there wasn't a John Belushi, Jim would probably be the manager of a Subway somewhere in Jersey.

526 days ago
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Carl    

I'd believe it. The more talented rappers actually have diverse musical tastes because they are musicians. The flash in the pan types that have one hit, think the money will poor in forever, then go bankrupt two years later are the ones that have no musical taste.

526 days ago
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