Tupac is dubbed as one of the greatest rappers of all time. It’s no doubt that he left a legacy after his death on September 13, 1996. To date, his songs are played all over the world and his pictures are still used around the globe (including Kenya, in matatus and street art).
Tupac rapped about anything worth talking about and his lyrics and flow are definitely worth reckoning. Narrowing down to his top 10 tracks wasn’t easy (since pretty much all his songs were dope). As a tribute to one of Hip-hop’s greatest minds, here are our top 10 greatest songs:
“Dear Mama” was Pac’s ode to his mother Afeni Shakur and is pretty much the unofficial Mother’s Day hip-hop anthem. In the song, Shakur pats mama on the back for working tirelessly to put food on the table and trying to keep him off street life.
Califonia Love Ft Dr. Dre
this was one of the most iconic Hip-Hop songs of all time with Pac and Dr. Dre rapping about Califonia over some classic bass-lead production.
All Eyes On Me
Taken from the final Pac album released when he was alive, ‘All Eyez On Me’ finds Tupac rapping about gangster life.
Me Against The World
This was the title track of Tupac’s triple platinum-selling 1995 album. Having survived a near-fatal shooting, this is a perfect example of 2Pac’s eff-the-world, melodrama-inducing attitude.
Life Goes On
This one finds Pac nudging himself after losing some loved ones.
Changes Ft Talent
This is perhaps one of the most recognized Tupac songs despite the fact that it was released after his death. It features Pac rapping about social justice over a piano sample.
Hit ‘Em Up
After being shot in 1994, 2Pac released one of the biggest diss tracks in Hip-Hop history, directed at Biggie Smalls and The Junior Mafia. Intended as a response to Biggie’s ‘Who Shot Ya’, Pac unleashed private matters, including an alleged affair with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans for the world to see.
The final track from Tupac’s fifth album ‘The Don Killuminati’, hears the rapper torn between the street life and salvation, over chilling graveyard bells and a heavy bass line.
Picture Me Rolling
Picture Me Rollin” featuring Big Syke and CPO, found Pac in his element, as he celebrated being free, in spite of haters who he thought were trying to hold him down.
2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Shakur featured Snoop Dogg on one of the standout songs from his 1996 album ‘All Eyez On Me’ spitting some murderous daggers at their East coast foes.