Narrowing Pac's best to just 22 songs wasn't an easy task. Anointed as the new prince of the left coast, 'Pac exhibited a new side of himself: a clever, young comrade of the gangsta rap movement of the mid-'90s, alongside Tha Doggfather. The dynamic duo spit murderous daggers at their East coast foes atop a smooth-as-silk party track. Homicide to bump in the ride.
Only on the Westside. And 'Pac helped put 'em back on the map! An eponymous remix track, this "Broken Wings"-sampling Richard Page remix matched Tupac's identity quite well.
Perhaps the most recognizable Tupac track of them all, "Changes" possessed the rare duality of being both a commercial success and a vessel of social upliftment. Songs like "Changes" remain timeless to this very day. Introspective and spiritual, this song is the expression of Pac at his most honest: conflicted, disillusioned, and desperately clinging to the hope of redemption.
Funky production and guests Syke and CPO offer Tupac enough ammunition to propel an otherwise typical roll through the city block into an ambient portrait of street life. With his typical energy and lyricism, Pac provides a taunt to his critics and detractors, offering a triumphant statement of self in the face of adversity.
Self-pity is often reserved for teenage girls, but 2Pac turns it into a song about the persecution that induces black-on-black crime in the African-American community. Returning to his role as a social rabble-rouser and plain-spoken prophet, 2Pac questions the Old Shool - 2Pac - The Best Music Collection institutions of the material world and wonders if the divine is more forgiving.
Dre's piano-laden Night Of The Long Knives - Social Unrest - Before The Fall frames the soundbed for a celebratory ode to Cali, while Roger Troutman's vocoder-aided chorus adds some flavor to the mix.
Truly one of his deepest and most personal moments. Seventeen years later, many rappers have kept this discussion alive by churning their own versions of the song "Runaway Love," "Lil Girl Gone"but "Brenda's Got a Baby" still reigns supreme.
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick this meticulously-crafted masterpiece, Shakur pats mama on the back for working tirelessly to put food on the table during the day and trying to liberate him from the perils of street life at night.
Perhaps the perfect showcase of the man's softer side, "Keep Ya Head Up" is arguably his best individual performance ever. Henry Old Shool - 2Pac - The Best Music Collection has written about hip-hop since and founded the award-winning blog The Rap Up.
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