72. 2Pac f/ Method Man and Redman "Got My Mind Made Up" (1996)
Producer: Daz Dilinger Album: All Eyez On Me Label: Death Row/Interscope
A blockbuster collaboration, especially for that time. Kurupt, Daz, Meth and Red all take turns over Daz's spacious production. This track served Pac's larger war agenda for the All Eyez album. At the height of hip-hop's coastal tensions, every collabo seem to have political implications. Snoop, CNN, Mobb Deep, Ice Cube, and many others chose their sides and made it clear what team they were on.
Others like Red and Meth chose to stay neutral despite their east coast bonafides. Thinking strategically (thanks to his prison reading of Machiavelli), Pac wanted to prove he was not against the entire east coast—just “the bitch niggas.”