It’s all about the Outlawz. Tupac’s rap group where they more or less they renamed famous dictators and well, rap about it. The introduction song to their group, I’m sure you’ve never heard this one
One part Alize and one part Cristal, (or any Champagne). Pac’s drink of choice, which is $20 vodka liqueur with $300 Champagne. Thugs just don’t have their priorities straight I guess. The song is about how much fun they have drinking it, I assume. Although I haven’t dropped my non-existent pay check on a bottle of Cristal, I can’t imagine it would get much better.
On of jail, he’s obviously pissed. So whats the best thing to do? Yah, threaten everyone who ever got in his way. It’s a catchy flow, but look into it. He claims that if you ‘say my name three times like Candyman, then I’ll ball on your ass like an avalanche.’ For you that don’t know, ‘Candyman’ is like Bloody Mary in the mirror but for the ghetto. There is a movie about it, but it’s pretty scary especially if you live in the projects.
A deeper look into the mind of a rap genius. His girlfriend and him just broke up. He can’t seem to break himself off from the relationship that he knows isn’t working. Although she cheats and lies about a pregnancy, he can’t seem to find happiness with her. Tupac cites ‘love’ as the reason he can’t just walk away, and leave her. They both spiral as its clear neither want to be in the relationship. Also one one of the most innovative music videos of the time. Clay-mation and animation, chyea son.
Toss It Up (2Pac song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Work with me here. Pac gets a girl’s number and that’s apparently an instant ticket for sex. I didn’t write it, but apparently that’s the way Mr. Shakur rolls. He goes on to describe their encounter in great detail. Very steamy. I’m not gonna get into the music video, but its just Tupac and some thugs working on cars… The song progresses to a little singing about sex and stuff. Then, all of a sudden Tupac hits the verse and is pissed off. From sex to dissing his previous buddy, Dr. Dre. Claiming he is just a ‘studio gangster’ (someone who pretends to be a thug and isn’t actually from the streets). I’d hate to say it but this verse is very hypocritical. Tupac was, mind you, a Shakespearean trained actor and a back-up dancer before his rap career. Neither of which are ‘thug,’ – I checked
With George Clinton, the master of funky hair-doos, Tupac lays it down. Another threatening song, not much else to say. The chorus and track are super catchy. What he points out is unlike his previous flashy lifestyle, he will now be rollin stealth and you won’t see him.
I very nice song to play at parties. He describes how his thug lifestyle changed while locked away for a crime he was wrongly sentenced for. Big Syke joins in to tell the world on how much money, cars, weapons, etc they have. Not much differentiates the song until the end. Tupac directly threatens the District Attorney, inmates in prison, the police and his enemies. Listening over this track, I find it very insightful into his mindset. However, from what I understand, that part exists for Pac to announce to everyone that he’s back and not afraid to head back to jail.
If this isn’t on your 2Pac playlist then I’d really hate to see it. It’s all about women and the oppression they go through everyday. It’s a rap of hope and understanding. Tupac calls out the mistreatment of women and how fucked up our society is for letting that happen. It was women who birthed us, raised us, took care of us and somehow that’s justifiable to make them lesser than men? He goes on to thank his mother for putting up with his wrong-doings. His final message is that if we can’t trust and help the youth, we can kiss our future goodbye. Easily one of the more influential 2Pac songs, everytime I listen to it, I catch a new lyric.
Cross-listed on my Nate Dogg Countdown, this track is all about groupies. Snoop, Nate and Pac rap about how no matter where they end up, one of them knows a girl there. In a silly, goofy style they all lay it down on the groupie lifestyle. The comedic manner is heightened, as even when they are just watching TV, someone they recognize some girls in their friend’s music videos. Oh well?
One of my favorite 2Pac songs of all time. Another song about picking up the ladies, but with a twist. He warns them of his lifestyle and how he is as a person. Sporadic and fun, you can’t predict his actions or motives. Driving around Los Angeles late at nights, Pac just likes to let loose. Anyways, if the girl is down, so is Pac.