Today (June 16) would have marked Tupac Amara Shakur’s 39th birthday. In the time since his death on September 13, 1996 (the result of a drive-by shooting six days earlier in Las Vegas) he has become an iconic figure in not just hip-hop circles but the world over.

With an immense catalog that continues to grow even after almost 14 years after his death, 2Pac’s influence and spirit lives on now through music, film, poetry, politics and literature. Rather than mourn his passing, the XXL staff chose to celebrate the life and music of the late star with a 39 Track Salute. Ain’t nothing but a gangsta party.

Happy Born Day, Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)

2PAC 'BRENDA’S GOT A BABY"

2PAC "AMBITIONZ AZ A RIDAH”

2PAC "HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME"

2PAC FEAT. K-CI & JOJO "HOW DO YOU WANT IT"