2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted

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"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
Single by 2Pac and Snoop Doggy Dogg
from the album All Eyez on Me
ReleasedMay 7, 1996 (1996-05-07)
RecordedOctober 1995
StudioCan-Am Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length
  • 4:05 (album version)
  • 5:31 (music video)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Daz Dillinger
2Pac singles chronology
"California Love"
(1995)
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
(1996)
"How Do U Want It"
(1996)
Snoop Doggy Dogg singles chronology
"New York, New York"
(1995)
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
(1996)
"Snoop's Upside Ya Head"
(1996)
Music video
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" on YouTube

"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" is a song by American hip hop artist 2Pac from his 1996 album All Eyez on Me. The song features fellow West Coast rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and was produced by Daz Dillinger. The song served as a promotional single for the album and later as the B-side to the album's second major single, How Do U Want It. The song peaked at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[1] The song contains an interpolations of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's song "The Message" and "Radio Activity Rap (Let's Jam)" by MC Frosty and Lovin' C.

Though the song was limited to a promo release, a music video was created for the song. The version of the song used for the music video differs to the version found on the album, with clean alternate lyrics, delay on the word "Party" within the chorus, and an arpeggio added to the beat.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by one of 2Pac's production partners, Tracy Robinson. The prelude for the song shows a parody of Biggie Smalls ("Piggy") and Puff 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.

Appearances[edit]

The song was included on numerous 2Pac compilations, including his Greatest Hits and Best of: Thug album.

It was the final song performed live by both Snoop Dogg & 2Pac (in his last recorded performance) at the House of Blues on July 4, 1996. The concert was released on the Live at the House of Blues album in 2005.

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 hologram of 2Pac.

The song featured in the first episode of the TV series Gang Related.

The song was played on 2Pac's biopic, All Eyez On Me (2017), with 2Pac and Snoop in the studio recording the song.

Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 26
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[3] 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay – Issue Date: 1996-06-08" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2015.