Tomorrow (September 13) marks the 16th anniversary of the passing of one of hip-hop's most prolific and lionized MCs, Tupac Amaru Shakur. The date remains a reminder of the rapper's short life and even shorter career. It also calls for celebration. On one of All Eyez on Me
's many standout cuts, "No More Pain" 'Pac vehemently spits a line that echoes his looming legacy today: "When I die, I want to be a living legend/Affiliated with this muthafuckin' game, with no more pain." Eerie yet clairvoyant, the potent line is one of many spat by the self-proclaimed musical mercenary
that evokes strong diction and raw emotion.
Although he wasn't known to be the most lyrical on the mic, the fiery rapper managed to draw listeners through his signature deep-rooted, rebel spirit and ferocious tongue, all allowing him to pour himself out through lyrics. To celebrate his life and legacy XXL
compiled a list of Pac's 16 greatest verses in no particular order.—XXL