One day before Valentine’s Day in 1996, Tupac Shakur released his fourth studio album, All Eyez On Me, a double LP that is widely considered his best work and is his highest selling album to date. The project itself has a host of signature tracks, a la “California Love” and “How Do U Want It,” but Tupac’s “Picture Me Rollin” is both a lyric and a song that has been re-imagined and re-purposed by a number of artists in the Hip-Hop community, including Chris Brown and Chevy Woods. Now, Los Angeles’ own Nipsey Hussle can add his name to the list.
Alongside fellow L.A. County group Overdoz, Nipsey Hussle’s “Picture Me Rollin” pays homage to the late Shakur as he manufactures his own version of Pac’s long-standing classic with a splash of his own slick braggadocio and plunges it deep into a West Coast wave of lustrous, hi-hat infused production from Mike and Keys, Tariq Beats, and Rance1500.
Take a listen and be sure to follow Nipsey Hussle every Monday for his Marathon Mondays series.