100
99
98
97
96
95
94
93
92
91
90
89
88
87
86
85
84
83
82
81
80
79
78
77
76
75
74
73
72
71
70
69
68
67
66
65
64
63
62
61
60
59
58
57
56
55
54
53
52
51
50
49
48
47
46
45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
36
35
34
33
32
31
30
29
28
27
26
25
24
23
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs

35. 2Pac "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" (1996)

Album: All Eyez on Me
Label: Death Row Records
Producer: Daz Dillinger


In late 1995, Suge Knight paid $1.4 million to bail 2Pac out of jail in exchange for the rapper's undying loyalty to Death Row. He had served eight months on charges of sexual assault. “Ambitionz az a Ridah” was the first song he recorded upon his release. The song has all the paranoia and excitement and psychosis of that moment, in which Pac's creative juices were finally uncorked and left to mingle with the deadly rage that had simmered during his incarceration.

He envisioned the song as a ring entrance for Mike Tyson, who previously walked to Redman until Pac chewed him out for it. “Don't you ever play those fucking songs again,” Shakur told him. “They don't give a fuck about you.” On the night that 2Pac watched Tyson destroy Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand, the rapper's “Wrote For Glory” played in the arena.

Still, it is “Ambitionz Az A Ridah”-with a psychotically lopsided beat by Daz Dillinger-that is the rightful soundtrack to the fatal evening. "He was probably a misguided warrior,” said Tyson of his friend, years later. “He had a heart as big as this planet. He had so much love and compassion, and you couldn't even see it under his rage."

blog comments powered by Disqus