81. 2Pac f/ E.D.I. Mean & Young Noble "The Uppercut" (2004)
Producer: Eminem, Louis Resto Album: Loyal to the Game Label: Amaru/Interscope
This is pre-fight music. The track slowly builds as Pac follows threats with more threats until it no longer matters what he is saying or who he is talking to. He himself falls into a trance of violence and brings you with him. Pac's value to hip-hop was in his ability to Ride, capital R. He is a Rider Incarnate, which meant that—given a powerful enough beat, he would become it.
Unfortunately for the Outlaws—in this case, E.D.I Mean and Young Noble—no matter how good their verses are on any particular record, they're always entering the booth in the aftermath of a gangster seance. Pac didn't play fair.