Album: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
One of Pac's several call to arms songs over Bomb Squad–style production. Still more Panther manchild than gangster, Pac makes systemic injustice personal. The spoken-word intro speaks directly about black people taking back our lives. The video televises the revolution as well as Pac's Black Panther lineage. "We don't die we multiply." The Public Enemy influence is manifest not only in Pac's subject matter and delivery but in the screechy siren-like noise that runs through this track.
One of the most militant songs to come out of this era, "Holler" was an undiluted call to revolution, marking Pac's sincere commitment to the cause of black liberation. His vision of an army of street cats turned into revolutionary soldiers in a war against the unjust was a reccurent theme throughout his work. Unafraid, if sometimes misguided, he seemed to know that his ideas were more dangerous than the guns he was brandishing in the video: “Now I'm major threat/Because I remind you of the things you were made to forget.”
22. 2Pac "Holler If Ya Hear Me"