Born on 16 June , Tupac Shakur remains one of the most renowned rappers of all time. And as the first solo rapper in history to enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the first hip-hop artist to release a double-album, Tupac always set the course, never followed it. His feud with The Notorious BIG still looms over the world of hip-hop, but his once-in-a-generation talent, career and legacy transcend all that, and the best Tupac songs make the case for him being the most essential rapper in hip-hop history. The album was recorded in and reflects the sombre, introspective mood he was in as he faced an impending jail sentence. Few rappers can make a Marvin Gaye sample their own, but Tupac manages just that in a track that more than earns its place among the best Tupac songs. Tupac is not the only rapper whose career has been shaped by his relationship with his mother. Because he was consistently lyrical about the role of women in his own life and the culture at large, this tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, is especially significant. Here Tupac has reached a point of appreciation and understanding for his mother, who raised him singlehandedly. Given how defiant and militaristic its lyrics are, the song is especially smooth. Pac only has one verse, and he appears on the hook, while the track boasts a classic appearance by Nate Dogg, along with features from Rated R, Big Skye and Macadoshis.
Tupac’s 10 best songs:
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.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Beloved Tupac cuts "Hail Mary," "Changes" and "I Ain't Mad At Cha" are omitted from this list because the songs had to be commercially available as a single to qualify for the chart.
This week sees the DVD release of Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me; the true and previously untold story of the prolific rapper, actor, poet, activist and hip-hop gamechanger. The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. Watch below:. I waited until the last day and then did my audition. To mark the film's home entertainment release, here's a look back at Tupac's biggest selling singles on the Official UK Chart - and which songs continue to make an impact in the downloading and streaming eras. Tupac's collaboration with Dr Dre was released as his comeback single following his release from prison in