A member of the late 80s rap crew Live Squad, Randy "Stretch" Walker linked up with Tupac Shakur during his Digital Underground days and the two remained close friends. They collaborated on "Crooked Ass Nigga" from Pac's debut album 2Pacalypse Now, and Stretch produced Pac's hit single "Holler if you Hear Me." They would go on to make several other tracks together, the best of which was "Pain," which included such unforgettable bars as "I'm drinkin' Hennessy / Runnin' from my enemies / Will I live to be 23?"
Eight months after the song's release as a bonus track on the Above The Rim soundtrack, Pac and Stretch made a fateful trip to Quad Studios in New York where they were ambushed, beaten, shot, and robbed. Pac later gave an incendiary jailhouse interview which suggested that Biggie and Puff had something to do with the robbery, and also questioned Stretch's loyalty for not defending him against the attackers. Exactly one year to the day later, Stretch was shot to death at age 27 in Queens following a car chase that left his green minivan flipped over. Although the murder remains unsolved, many insiders believe that the date of his death was no coincidence.