Tupac Shakur was not only one of the most influential figures in rap music, he was also one of the most influential people in the world. His humanitarian wisdom coupled with a hardened sense of street knowledge captivated people around the world. He motivated generations of artists, creatives, and philanthropists to speak out for what they believe in, and though his untimely death shook the world, we can still see the effects of his legacy today.

Rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and many more are using their platforms to speak on the social injustices that have plagued underrepresented demographics for centuries. The West Coast is experiencing a renaissance as rappers have come together to extend the reach of the art form and reclaim the title as the best coast in the genre. The biopic about 2Pac's life was also recently released, and though it has received backlash about the legitimacy of its storyline, the film got one thing right: 2Pac was a badass. 

All things considered, even 20 plus years after his death, 2Pac's discography is still as strong, socially aware, and banging as if it were just released. So we thought it would be dope to pay homage to the West Coast legend with a special Essentials feature showcasing some of his greatest tracks. Enjoy this list of hits from the Thug Life general.