The 100 Best 2Pac Songs

58. 2Pac f/ Nanci Fletcher "Holla At Me” (1996)

Producer: Bobby Ervin & DJ Naya
Album: All Eyez On Me
Label: Death Row/Interscope


The song that launched a thousand Ja Rule lyrics. This mid-tempo cut seems to rise from oblivion as Pac confronts his betrayers yet again. The hook demands his former friend man up and face him, but evidently love don't live here no more:

“You and me was homies/No one informed me/It was all a scheme/You infiltrated my team/And sold a nigga dreams/How could you do me like that?/I took your family in/I threw some cash in your pockets/Made you a man again/And now you let the fear/Put you in a place/Complicated to escape/It's a fool's fate/Without your word you a shell of a man/I lost respect for you nigga/We can never be friends/I know I'm runnin' through your head now/What could you do?/if it was up to you I would be dead now.”

Was this tirade directed at his former bestie Big? Or was it meant for his longtime collaborator Stretch? We'd love to have been a fly on the wall in 1996 when the Bad Boy crew and Death Row clashed backstage at the Soul Train awards, but lacking a time machine and a transmogrifier, this track will have to do.

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