2pac - Picture Me Rollin'
I'm livin a dream with triple beams and my pockets bulgin
It's hard to separate Tupac Shakur from his fame--he loved it, but it probably contributed to his death. He was certainly a different man after his time in Clinton Correctional Facility. Before that bit, he was a somewhat socially-conscious rapper; afterwards, something else ("Picture Me Rollin'" is the anthem of that "new" man). All Eyez on Me, upon which "Picture Me Rollin'" appears, was one of three records Shakur agreed to make as part-restitution to Suge Knight, who bailed the rapper out from this sexual assault prison sentence. "All Eyez" came out in February, 1996, and heavily extolled the "thug" lifestyle; there is an unbridled anger to the songs, and the videos from that time are worth watching to see the change in Shakur; he seems wilder, angrier, lost to something. By September of the same year, Shakur was dead.