The 100 Best 2Pac Songs

80. 2Pac f/ Stretch "Crooked Ass Nigga" (1991)

Producer: Stretch
Album: 2pacalypse Now
Label: Amaru/TNT/Interscope


Pac shows an early penchant for getting on tracks with inferior rappers and having to drag them to the finish line. Stretch–RIP–of Live Squad was hot garbage on the mic and at this early stage of his life, Pac was only marginally better. Still the contrast comes out in Pac's favor, mostly because Stretch sounds like gravel at a skatepark.

Stretch's production brings back a less cynical time in hip-hop, even as Pac fetishizes guns and fantasizies about killing cops. To be fair, 75% percent of the rappers circa 1994 were talking tough about guns and police officers, but never going quite as far as young Shakur—nor saying it with as much meaning. You can already tell that this Pac character is headed for trouble.

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