11. 2Pac f/ Snoop Dogg "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” (1996)
Producer: Daz Dillinger Album: All Eyez On Me Label: Death Row/Interscope
Recorded when Snoop was facing a murder charge with a sentence of 25-to-life and Pac was fresh from prison and still facing several court cases, this record took ginormous balls. Having produced such certified classics as The Chronic and Doggystyle, Death Row's dominance was undeniable by this time. Snoop's reign at the top, despite the emergence of Big and the Wu-Tang movement was still pretty much unquestioned. The joining of two monumental figures made for heady collabo and good MC politics. Pac seemed like the only credible threat to Snoop's position as king of all hip-hop.
To his credit, Snoop was unthreatened by Pac's insurgent energy and welcomed him as a brother to the Death Row family. Hearing the two biggest rap stars on one track cemented Death Row's status as the gangster-est label ever ever and Suge as the don of dons. Both prove their fitness on the mic over an appropriately sinister groove. Reflecting the bigness of this moment, Snoop lyrically suggests organizing a million-man march “on some gangster shit.” Occupy Wall Street would shit on themselves.