Album: R U Still Down?
Still working out his style, Pac tests several techniques here that he would go on to use continually. You can hear the Geto Boys' influence in both flow and subject matter—particularly his intense descriptions of a world seen through paranoid eyes.
On this track, as in most of his work, he portrays the world as a dark unjust place full of haters and racists attempting to imprison him. He slows down his rhymes to tell his stories more clearly. He also starts gravitating to the funk and blues, both musically and lyrically.
Pac's evolution as an MC owes an enormous debt to slow-flow masters like Too $hort and Ant Banks, but an equal amount of credit goes to Scarface.
98. 2Pac "16 on Deathrow" (1997)