Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Taken from 2Pac’s fifth studio album (and first posthumous release) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, “Hail Mary” showed how well 2Pac could blend the macabre with the melodic, bringing sing-song-y hooks over the ominous production. It was a carol for real G’s. Even if Pac admits that he isn’t a killer, adding “but don’t push me” showcases how far he was at his wits end. With all of the beef and controversy surrounding 2Pac, tracks like "Hail Mary" highlight the thugged out, middle finger in the air 'Pac that was ready for war against any and all who stood in his way. There’s some paranoia mixed in with his usual braggadocios nature, and by adopting a stage name after Niccolò Machiavelli, Pac accidentally gave fans even more fuel to feed the “Pac faked his death” conspiracy theories. —khal