The 100 Best 2Pac Songs

86. 2Pac "This Ain't Livin'" (2001)

Producer: Johnny "J"
Album: Until the End of Time
Label: Amaru/Death Row


Another Johnny J masterwork—pure gangsta funk showcasing Pac at the height of his powers. Johnny J understood that Pac required accompanying angels to to start blacking out on the mic. On this one, 2pac offers razor sharp analysis and takes you into the minds of the forgotten ("I be staring watching parents sacrifice they child") all while claiming his innocence to real-life court cases ("Never pulled the trigger/Never touched the bitch."). There are more popular songs, but music like this is the reason Tupac Shakur evokes such pure and widespread devotion.

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