16. 2Pac "Hit 'Em Up" (1996)
Album: All Eyez on Me
Label: Death Row, Interscope
Producer: Johnny "J"
There was a point in rap where people actually mentioned their opposition's names in the songs, an era before "Is Pusha T Dissing Lil Wayne?" and "Common Throws Possible Shots at Drake Maybe" blog headlines. "Hit 'Em Up" represents the quintessential diss song. 2Pac is ruthless: bragging about fucking Faith, calling out any person associated with Bad Boys by name with specific threats of violence and even making fun of Prodigy's sickle cell anemia. A mild-mannered accountant turns into a gangbanger as soon as 2Pac says "First off: fuck your bitch and the clique you claim."
This Song Also Makes Us Want To: Hit a Police Officer With a Steel Chair