Anniversary of Tupac's Death: Greatest Tupac Songs Of All Time

On September 13th, 1996 the world lost arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time, Tupac Shakur. On the night of September 7th Tupac attended a boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Mike Tyson and Bruce Sheldon.

There was a scuffle with an alleged gang member in the hotel lobby, because he had originally robbed a member of Death Row Records, Tupac’s label. The hotel’s video surveillance caught the fight on film. After wards Tupac and Suge Knight got in his BMW and was heading to a club. A white Cadillac pulled up next to Knight’s car and unleashed gun shots hitting Tupac multiple times.

Now, 17 years later we are preparing for another big boxing weekend as Floyd Mayweather and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and honoring Tupac’s death with a list of his greatest songs of all-time.

Tupac’s style has been unique to him, undeniably recognized instantly. Even after death albums featuring unreleased songs have been released and sold well.

One of the pillars of Tupac’s career was his socially conscious lyrics. He tackled all sorts of issues like social injustice, poverty, and police brutality. He could make songs that showed his anger and turn around and make songs that showed compassion.

Nevertheless he is one of the greatest of all-time and we’re honoring him with this list. We wanted it to be Top 5, but I couldn’t wither it down to 5 so we did 7 instead.

“California Love”

This was Tupac’s first record with Death Row Records after being released from prison in 1995. It features Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. This song is partly responsible for his immersion into mainstream music and it was easily his most successful song.

The video was directed by Hype Williams and inspired by the film Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.

“How Long Will They Mourn Me?”

This song, called “How Long Will They Mourn Me?,” showed Tupac’s disturbing ability to tell his own future and awareness that he’d die young. The song was produced by Warren G and features Nate Dogg and was made to honor deceased Thug Life member Kato.


This song unfortunately was released after he died. It samples the song “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby. This song he speaks on the problems in our culture touching on poverty, war on drugs and racism.

One of the most haunting lyrics from this song is:

“And only time we chill is when we kill each other.
It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other.”
He also says the following:

“We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.”

“Keep Ya Head Up”

This song is called “Keep Ya Head Up” and this is one of the songs that showed Tupac’s more compassionate side. in it he talks about the single mothers and lets them know that “Tupac cares.” There are so many great lyrics in this song.

“I give a holler to my sisters on welfare
Tupac cares, and don’t nobody else care

And uhh, I know they like to beat ya down a lot
When you come around the block brothas clown a lot
But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up”
This might be the best:

“I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women”

“Dear Mama”

Tupac wrote this song for his mother Afeni Shakur. This song is often referred to as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time. In some regards it his most emotional and respected Tupac songs and it is routinely praised by fellow rappers.

In 2010, Dear Mama was one of 25 songs added to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress has called Dear Mama “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”

favourite tupac song? dear mama >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>