Whether he “knew he was gonna die” or not makes for great conspiracy theories. The video imagery he designed also just plain looks phenomenal, and plays into that prophetic theory well, but what’s more fun to imagine is the atmosphere when he actually recorded the song. According to friend and rapper, Kurupt:
We knew when that was done, it was over. Oh yeah, ‘Pac heard the beat and flipped out. And basically he was just like, “Man, this is it. “We sat and we drank and then Daz was just operating on the record, and when ‘Pac was in there working, he wasn’t with the distractions. It was more or less all, “Let’s knock this out, let’s knock this out, let’s knock this out.” I mean, he’d get mad at the engineers for moving too slow. That was his thing. He’d be on top of them like that. You know, “Come on, man, what the fuck? This ain’t too God damn hard. All you have to do is press fuckin’; ‘Record.’ Press fuckin’ ‘Record.’ Now!”
That said, Press Phuckin play NOW! This ain’t too hard for your throwback.