2Pac "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" (1996)
Album: All Eyez on Me
Producer: Dat Nigga Daz
The archetypal ride-or-die song. When it came out in '96, "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" proved to be 2Pac's unfuckwitable zeitgeist statement. There are few other beats that can match the pure menace of those chords or the tension of that hovering synth. Then there's 2Pac sounding like a beast unleashed. He's unrepentant, unapologetic, but most importantly, unable to lose. This is the anthem that needs to be played from high noon to dawn.