Song: "Hail Mary" (1996)
Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

In the opening of "Hail Mary," Tupac body-checked right through the tense thread between reality and performance, in pretty explicit terms: a defensive parry that felt like a threat. It encapsulated his mindstate at the time, the encroaching paranoia, the sense of lashing out at those who had wronged him with incomparable anger, and through gritted teeth, the dark-thrill of revenge. With only one really explicit word in the line, 'Pac gave us one of the most hyper-sexual, hyper-violent lines in rap history, let alone openers.