To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

2Pac "Life Goes On" (1996)


Tupac Shakur was only 25 years-old when he died, but his lyrics in "Life Goes On" reflect the thoughtfulness of a man who's lived a far longer life. 'Pac's reflections on the passing of a friend and his own mortality reveal a peaceful, almost uplifting outlook on death, and while reminiscing on a fast life once lived, his words and delivery manage to take on the rare tone of comfort and empathy that rappers don't always find so intuitive a direction to take their music. Part poet, part thug, Tupac wasn't afraid to show his sensitive side, and it makes this—a song about dying—so much more powerful than so many of his other songs about killing.

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