2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted

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"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
Single by 2Pac featuring Snoop Dogg
from the album All Eyez on Me
Released May 7, 1996
Format CD single, airplay
Recorded October 19, 1995
Genre West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Length 4:05 (album version)
5:31 (music video)
Label Death Row Records, Interscope
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur, Calvin Broadus, Delmar Arnaud
Producer(s) Daz Dillinger
2Pac chronology
"California Love"
(1995)
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
(1996)
"How Do U Want It"
(1996)
Snoop Dogg chronology
"Doggy Dogg World"
(1994)
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
(1996)
"Snoop's Upside Your Head"
(1996)
Music video
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" on YouTube
The song features the interaction between performers 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

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"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (sometimes referred to as "Gangsta Party") is a West Coast hip hop song written by 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger for 2Pac's 1996 double album All Eyez on Me. The song is a duet performed by 2Pac and Snoop Dogg. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" was released as promotional single and was the album's second single, after "California Love". The song peaked at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[1] The song title is occasionally referred to as "Gangsta Party" due to the line ain't nuthin but a gangsta party in the song's chorus.

"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" was later included on 2Pac's Greatest Hits in 1998. A remix of the song was also featured on the album Nu-Mixx Klazzics in 2003.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by one of 2Pac's production partners, Gobi M. Rahimi and was filmed four months prior to September 1996 shooting. The prelude for the song shows a parody of Biggie Smalls ("Piggie") and Puff Daddy ("Buff Daddy") in discussion with Shakur about the November 1994 shooting. The beginning of the scene where Tupac is speaking to Biggie is in reference to the movie Scarface where Tony speaks to his alleged killer before shooting him.

Facts[edit]

Snoop's first line in the song, "I keep my hand on my gun, 'cause they got me on the run" is a reference to "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash.

This song was played by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as tribute to 2Pac on the 2000 Up In Smoke Tour. The performance included a sample of the 2Pac verse.

On April 15, 2012, the song was played at the Coachella Festival with Snoop Dogg performing with a virtual version of 2Pac.

Personnel[edit]

  • Engineer: Dave Aron
  • Engineer: Rick Clifford
  • Assistant engineer: Alvin McGill
  • Mixing: David Blake
  • Featuring (Rap): Snoop Dogg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay – Issue Date: 1996-06-08" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 3, 2012.