53. "I see death around the corner, gotta stay high while I survive/In the city where the skinny niggas die." - 2Pac
Song: "Death Around the Corner" (1995)
Album: Me Against The World
This ended up being unfortunately prophetic, but Pac's meditation on paranoia took "Mind Playing Tricks On Me," and amplified it. Pac brought it a heightened sense of realness that wasn't there before. The opening lines were so striking, because they explained everything in literal terms: in a city where the meek are the most vulnerable, the only way to deal with fear of death is by getting high.