25 years ago, on February 16, 1993, rap artist 2Pac released his second studio album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. on Interscope Records. Debuting at number 4 on the R&B chart and number 24 on the Pop chart, the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac’s political and social views. Divided in to a Black Side and Dark Side, Strickly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. features guest appearances from the group Live Squad, 2Pac’s stepbrother, The Wycked (later known as “Mopreme), Ice-T, Ice Cube, Treach, Apache, Poppi, Deadly Threat, R&B singer Dave Hollister and Digital Underground.
“Holler If Ya’ Hear Me” (an anthem of resistance) and “Papa’z Song” were the notable street anthems. However, “I Get Around” (a classic party jam) and “Keep Ya Head Up” (an anthem for black women) were the singles that made Strickly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 2Pac’s “breakout” album, having earned him his first platinum-selling LP.
During the released of this second album, 2Pac began sporting a bald head and bandannas, and representing his rap group and movement Thug Life. He even had it tattooed across his stomach. 2Pac became more street and one of the most popular rap artists in America.