Kind of off from the usual topics, but like my header says – I like to talk about music from time to time. About a year ago I wrote a post about some of my favorite 2Pac songs, which is still getting a fair amount of traffic. With that said I’ve decided to make another list, but this time its more focused on songs Tupac invited his buddies to join in on. Although there are a few good ones I won’t mention because they are some of the more well known songs (ie. California Love, Ghetto Gospel, etc) or they were mentioned on my other list (ie. All About U). Hope you enjoy!
This track was released years after Tupac died, but it’s still an instant classic. Originally meant to be part two to his track, ‘Str8 Ballin,’ it’s one of the shorter songs in his discography. Fun fact: I listened to this song before most of my bigger tests in college, then it sorta became a ritual for any important event after awhile (weird)
Yes, you read the title correctly, the man behind “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer, lays down an awesome verse, followed by Tupac. As well as Big Daddy Kane (Ain’t No Half Steppin) adding in another surprise on the track. Two of rap’s early pioneers with rap’s greatest, whats not to love about this song?
This previously unreleased Nate Dogg songs is easily one of my favorites. Its also one of the more mellow tracks that Tupac appears on, but very typical to Nate Dogg music. Talking about the importance of friends and their happiness, this song gives us somethings to relate to. Sure, there are some thug specific themes intertwined in there as well which just adds to the overall feel of the song.
This is my favorite 2Pac song of all time, and my favorite rap song. No sugar coating there. Back before Snoop Lion, Mr. Dogg’s musical style was much different. During his time with Death Row Records, Snoop’s vocals were faster and more on key with other gangster rappers of the time, which makes this song stand out compared to his later rap years.
Rapping about the life of partying, and bouncing from hotel to hotel, this song does give us a glimpse into the life of these artists. Syke’s deep and low tone, helps him differentiate himeself within the Outlaw crew, and any song he’s featured in. While Kurupt raps more about cultural references and his buddies – finally, by having a song listed with Kurupt, the whole 213 crew is present in this post (Snoop, Kurupt and Nate).