Producer: DJ Quik Album: All Eyez On Me Label: Death Row/Interscope
Extra-aggressive content from Mr. Makaveli over a masterful beat by DJ Quik, the west coast's version of DJ Premier. After giving a quick, emotional overview of the kinda problems one faces in the game, accompanied by angelic moaning, Pac issues a series of precise threats. Everyone who's paying attention knows who he is talking to and talking about. Shots at Stretch and Puffy and Big and “bitch-ass niggas” in general.
Quik outdoes himself on the heavily layered track that's somehow both hot and cold, filled out with an insistent horn and a thousand bits of small genius. The Richard Pryor “I have no to heart to fight” sample is a perfect counterpoint to Pac's war-mongering. Perfectly on beat, Pac is on a tear, laying out an entire worldview. “I died and came back... I'm lost and no knowing/Scarred up but still flowing/Energized and still going” This had to end badly. The music was too good.