“Ain’t Nothin’ But A Gangsta Party”
22 years ago, on 8th April 1996, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Doggy Dogg filmed the video to the song “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” in Los Angeles.
The video was directed by producer Gobi M. Rahimi, who also directed Tupac’s music video for “Made Niggaz”. The song was released on Tupac’s double album All Eyez On Me.
“2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” is purposely titled as both Tupac and Snoop Dogg had recently gone through legal troubles. In 1994, Tupac was on trial for apparently sexually assaulting a woman and was shot five times and robbed in a Manhattan recording studio. Tupac came to the conclusion that his friend and fellow rapper The Notorious BIG had something to do with him being shot at the recording studio.
At the same time that all of this drama was going on in his life, Tupac felt like the media was blaming him for violence in American neighbourhoods with the lyrical content of his songs, in which Tupac described them as “reporting the truth from the street”.
Snoop Dogg, who’s real name is Calvin Broadus, was put on trial for murder after him and his bodyguard McKinley Lee were involved in a shooting in a Los Angeles park. However, in February 1996, Snoop Dogg was acquitted of the charge after the jury accepted Broadus and Lee acted in self-defence. So Tupac and Snoop were, in fact, two of Americas most wanted.
The video starts off with a wounded Tupac confronting two men who he calls ”Piggie” and ”Buff Daddy” who beg Tupac not to kill them. It shows Tupac and Snoop Dogg living a lavish lifestyle sipping champagne and counting money. It then proceeds to a court room where it shows Tupac and Snoop on trial, where Tupac raps “They wonder how I live, with five shots, Niggaz is hard to kill, on my block”
The ending to the video shows Tupac and Snoop celebrating as they drive away from a shot up police van. The closing scene shows the words ”No police officers were harmed during the filming of this video” as the camera zooms in on a banquet table with a roast pig in the center.