Runnin' from tha Police

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Runnin' from tha Police"
Song by 2Pac featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Dramacydal, Stretch[1][2]
from the album One Million Strong
Released1995 (1995)
GenreHardcore hip hop, gangsta rap
LabelBlack Jam
Songwriter(s)Tupac Shakur, Christopher Wallace, Dramacydal, Randy Walker
Producer(s)Easy Mo Bee

"Runnin' from tha Police" (originally known as "Runnin'") is a 1995 song by rapper Tupac Shakur, featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Stretch, and Dramacydal.[3][4][5][6][7] The song is significant, being one of very few compositions 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. created together, as later hostility arose between the two rappers, ending all possible collaborations and inciting the East-West Coast Rivalry. The song, originally slated to appear on Thug Life's 1994 debut album, Thug Life: Volume 1, and 2Pac's 1995 album, Me Against The World, was scrapped both times due to varying controversies. It was later finally featured on the 1995 One Million Strong compilation album. The song charted at #81, #57 and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks & Hot Rap Singles charts, respectively, in 1997.

The first verse is performed by three of the four members of the rap group Dramacydal who would go on to join 2Pac's Outlawz group (Young Hollywood, K-Dog, and Big Malcolm, in that order), the second by Stretch and the Notorious B.I.G., and the third and last by 2Pac.

Song meaning[edit]

Runnin' From tha Police deals with the authors' troubles with the police. The lyrics contain verbal abuse toward police officers, and even allusion the possibility of killing them (two cops is on the milk box, missing, or let's serve these motherfuckers slugs [bullets] as a fuckin' meal),[8] albeit in possible self-defense.


Runnin' From tha Police was supposed to be featured on Shakur's album Thug Life, but it was cut due to heavy criticism of gangsta rap at the time. Subsequently it was intended to be featured on Shakur's album Me Against The World, with a different 2Pac verse, in 1995, but was cut due to the shooting in '94 that would lead to his bitter rivalry with Notorious B.I.G.

Instead, it was released a year later, as a part of compilation album of original hip-hop entitled One Million Strong, a 1995 compilation of hip hop music released by SOLAR Records to commemorate the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C., which also featured songs by Mobb Deep, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sunz of Man, among others.

Remixes and legacy[edit]

In 1994, the Hip-Hop duo Ill Al Skratch used this sample for their song "This is for My Homiez" on their album Creep Wit' Me

In 2003, "Runnin' (Dying to Live)", a remix of this song produced by Eminem, was released as a single from the Tupac: Resurrection soundtrack. This version vastly differs from the original, using the 2Pac verse from the Me Against The World version, utilizing a different melody, discarding the performances by Dramacydal and Stretch, and having a sample of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live" as the chorus. The remix charted at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and arguably is now more known than the original.

Notorious B.I.G.'s first words in his verse (I grew up a fucking screw up / Got introduced to the game / Got an ounce and fucking blew up) were sampled as a hook on Ludacris' 2006 single "Grew Up a Screw Up".

Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]

1998 Remixes[edit]

  1. "Runnin'" (Stone's Radio RMX)
  2. "Runnin'" (Stone's RMX Full Length)
  3. "Runnin'" (Stone's Original Vibe Mix)
  4. "Runnin'" (RMX Full TV track)
  5. "Runnin'" (RMX Full Instrumental)

External links[edit]