38)2Pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah

Song: Ambitionz Az A Ridah

Album: All Eyez On Me

Year: 1997

As you all should know by now, 2Pac was locked up and signed to Death Row once he got out, one can reason he was a pawn in Suge’s war against Bad Boy. Let’s count the awesome things about this song:

–          The instant you pressed play on All Eyez On Me, the immense curiosity as to what his comeback would sound like was greeted with the most ominous acapella singing ever.

–          Then the beat came in and Daz brought a dark ass piano with the Pee-Wee Herman drums, someone does a poor rendition of Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble”  chant and you just felt like Armageddon was about to happen in your speakers.

–          The angelic background vocals that made perfect sense contrasted with how venomous the song is.

–          His performance was nothing extraordinary outside of the thug ethos he was endeared for, but he meant every line with conviction. Highlights include “Was born rough and rugged/addressing the mass public, my attitude is fuck it cause motherfuckers love it” and “When it’s time to die, to be a man you pick the way you leave/Fuck peace and the police”

One of his greatest moments, summing up what could have been considered a psychotic mindset (and that of many black men in the ghetto) after the infamous attempt on his life that he blamed Bad Boy for and doing time for a charge he claimed innocence on.

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