This category is no contest really—it’s obvious that AEOMgets the nod for guests. From George Clinton to Roger Troutman, Snoop Dogg to the Dogg Pound to Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg to K-Ci & JoJo—and the list goes on—Pac was rolling deep.
Getting Redman & Method Man on “Got My Mind Made Up” was a major statement. Everything had political implications at that moment.
Getting Redman & Method Man on “Got My Mind Made Up” was a major statement. Everything had political implications at that moment. Pac and Suge made a conscious decision to reach out to two East Coast artists who were on the outs in terms of the Bad Boy center of gravity. Wu-Tang was known to have a little static with Biggie. Pac paired Red and Meth with Kurupt, who had more of an East Coast aesthetic to his lyrics. Everything was very calculated.
Because it was so spontaneous and rebellious, TDK was kept in the family. Outside of Rage’s brief cameo on “Girlfriend” and the reggae-style chanting on “Blasphemy,” the whole record was done without much help from anyone outside of the Outlaw Immortalz. I always felt sorry for the Outlawz. Pac would go into the booth, go into his trance, kill the record, and then they would try to follow that. They never had a chance.