Although we're on the East Coast, sometimes we gravitate towards that West Coast flava. Take, for instance, the most dramatic and tragic battle in musical history. Before Jay Z and Nas, 50 Cent and Ja Rule, Nikki Minaj and Lil Kim, there was Biggie and Tupac.
Geographically, we support our man Biggie Smalls, but let's face it, Pac's music is too damn infectious for us to ignore. Biggie Smalls was a cuddly guy, but Tupac was gangsta GQ. He was probably only man who could pull off a nose ring and still look tough. On this, the 17th anniversary of his death, we put together a list to let his spirit know all eyes and ears are still on him.
5. Hail Mary
"I ain't a killer, but don't push me." Who can forget that first line in Makaveli's gangsta single? Not Weezy, that's for sure. This troublemaker used it in his single "Right Above It." Sorry Weezy, Pac did it better.
4. How Do You Want It?
This baby-making anthem is perfect for letting the one you're bumping and grinding on know you're in the mood. Ladies, as you're dancing, you can look back at it and speak the words: "How do you want it?"
3. Dear Mama
This ode to the late rapper's mom is touching to say the least. Sing it to your mama on mother's day. She just might get into Pac.
This original by Deon Evans just sounds that much better with Tupac's flow about racial injustice and politics. Showing his intellectual and emotional side, this is one of the tracks that shows Pac is made of more than just gangsta
1. "California Love"
Of course, we had to save Pac's single about his home state for last because he was all about it. Also amazing, is the classic "To Live and Die in LA." We'll rep the west just for you, Pac.