The 100 Best 2Pac Songs

85. 2Pac "Black Cotton" (2004)

Producer: Eminem, Louis Resto
Album: Loyal to the Game
Label: Amaru/Interscope


Nice mic work by the Outlaws on this one; Eminem and Louis Reston on the drums. The slavery reference in the title—cotton that is not picked turns black—provides the backdrop for Pac to assault the system of modern slavery and all those who accept it.

Throughout his life Pac maintained a righteous anger at being given less. His intolerance for any sort of injustice, and his willingness to rhyme it loud and rhythmically, is ultimately what motivated him. This generosity of spirit is what made Pac's war-mongering about more than just him. He thought it was crazy to be sane in a crazy world—and spoke this truth with his entire being.

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