November 23, 2015

2Pac - How Do U Want It (1996)

How Do U Want It is one of the biggest hits off of 2Pac's colossal magnum opus, All Eyez On Me. The track features K-Ci and Jojo, one half of the decade-defining R&B group Jodeci, singing one of the dopest and most infectious hooks of 90s hip hop. Pac's voice is as usual harder than steel, but he adjusts his flow to a smooth g-funk cadence to match the playalistic hook. How Do U Want It is a party rap no doubt, but the gangsta backbone Pac spears through it makes the song a standout even among other multi-platinum singles. Of course, this maxi-single's commercial success is helped along with the re-releasing of California Love and 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (the second All Eyez On Me single, in which the two biggest stars of West coast hip hop--Snoop Dogg and 2Pac--finally joined forces for another gangsta party). Even though How Do U Want It and 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted were featured on All Eyez On Me, this maxi-single is worth copping for the inclusion of the original California Love mix and the fourth song, Hit 'Em Up (not released anywhere else other than bootlegs and underground pressings). Even though How Do U Want It was an extremely popular song, releasing it as a maxi-single was basically just an excuse to put Hit 'Em Up on wax, since the diss to New York was considered too intense to go on the album. Pac and Outlawz rip Biggie, Mobb Deep, Junior M.A.F.I.A., and Diddy new assholes. The point when an insane Pac uses the last minute of the song to assault anybody affiliated with Bad Boy in an un-rhymed rap with lines like "Mobb Deep, you wanna fuck with us? You young ass motherfuckers, don't one of all got sickle cell or something, y'all better back the fuck up before you get smacked the fuck up" and "my fo-fo make sho all your kids don't grow" especially solidifies the song as my favorite diss of all time.