2 Pac: 15 of Makaveli's Best Rap Songs
Tupac Amaru Shakur
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Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)
1. How Do U Want It: (1996) KC and JoJo performed the chorus while 2Pac laid down the rap. The song came off the "All eyes on Me" album and it got lots of radio play and airtime in clubs as well. The song is mostly about a man and woman getting intimate. I live in Alabama and till this day. this song still gets play in downtown clubs in the city of Birmingham.
2. California Love: (1996) Dr. Dre and 2Pac teamed up to make this classic that pays homage to the state of California. Probably the most famous beat ever known on any of 2Pac's songs. The hit had two different videos and both were full length. Possibly Dr. Dre's best work on a song ever and ha is saying a bunch. Dre gave it his best and Tupac really came fast, hard and from the heart.
3. Toss it Up: (1996) This club song is in some ways like How do u want it because it is mostly sensual and talks about relations between men and women. A very upbeat club sound that keeps you moving your head bit Tupac gives rapid fire speed with his flow and that really makes the song special.
How Do You Want It (Music Video)
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4. Keep Ya Head Up: (1993) This is one of Tupac's sweetest songs and it is dedicated to women and it resonates with both men and women. The song has a video and it is on 2Pac's second studio album. The song does not just sing about women. It also mentions social issues such as war.
5. I Ain't Mad at Ya: (1996) Danny Boy is excellent on his chorus, what a voice! 2Pac tells a story about growing up close with someone and letting them know that once you are down with him he never forgets it. Pac's double album called, "All eyes on me" released several radio hits including I ain't mad at ya. It has some beautiful keyboarding and Pac is his usual iconic self.
6. Dear Mama: (1995)The Library of Congress has this song enshrined into its halls, if you will. Pac lets it all hang out while expressing his hard times growing up and his unending love for his mother. This song was a song dedicated to and about his Mom and I adore this song on so many levels. The song was a single on 2Pac's "Me against the World".
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7. Hail Mary: (1996)When 2Pac released his Makaveli album, Hail Mary became an instant hit with hip hop fans. I loved the video for this song which featured Tupac rapping from a huge mansion. The song has some bad words but it has Tupac singing really hard and raw which is what makes this song so must hear.
8. To Live and Die in L.A.: (1996) Another good song from the Makaveli album. Definitely a laid back song especially by 2Pac standards. It gives tons of love to the city of Los Angeles and 2Pac drops awesome rhymes just like always.
9. I Get Around: (1993)One of 2Pac's first hit songs and it helped blow his career up. The song is about Pac being with tons of women all time, whenever he wants. Digital Underground add vocals to this one.
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Tupac Shakur (National Recording Registry Inductee)
10. Life Goes On: (1996) 2pac sings about dying and being celebrated after he is gone. The song sounds somber but Pac does his thing and keeps your head bobbing like only he can do. At one point in the song, Tupac sings about having a party at his funeral and it only gets more real after that. Tupac takes it to another level.
11. Ambitionz Az a Ridah: (1996) In my opinion this song has some of Pac's best ever lyrics. The drums sound amazing and this sound came from 2Pac's 4th studio album. It really is some of 2Pac's finest lyrics especially if you really listen to what he is saying and means.
12. Unconditional Love: (1995) I would even let my mom hear this one. Reminiscent of Dear Mama, Unconditional Love is sweet and loving but it still tells of 2Pac's home life which was far from perfect. The future is bright if you can hold on is the message of this wonderful song.
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13. Me and My Girlfriend: (1996) Tupac sings of his Bonnie and Clyde life with his pistol. Many people think he is talking about a woman in the song but he is really talking about his firearm. At any rate, the chorus and the instrumentals are like nothing ever heard in the hip hop industry.
14. 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted: (1996) Snoop and 2Pac were both fighting cases in court and this song was about those issues primarily. The music video had Pac and Snopp Dogg rapping in court right in front of the judge! Songs do not get much more intense and raw than this.
15. Skandalouz: (1996) Nate Dog and 2Pac put down the chorus and the flow on this track which was about women that like to use men. It is a harsh outlook but the song itself still keeps the party rocking when the volume is turned up.
2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (Music Video)
California Love (Music Video)
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