#7. Meet Makaveli

Date: October 1995

Best line: “I didn’t get that power from guns because there’s no guns in jail. I got that power from books, and thinking, and by strategizing—that’s what I want little niggas to see.”

Complex says: In a little-known interview following his October 1995 release from prison, Tupac spoke on his future as an artist. Though the interviewer didn’t do much chiming in (besides the random “uh-huh”) Tupac needed zero prompting to start ranting about how he went from being a hospital patient to Makaveli.