Five songs that foreshadowed 2Pac's death

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5. "Changes" Although released posthumously, this track finds 'Pac resigned himself to the fact that he'll never get to lay back, because always has to worry about the payback of his past making its way back to him. And as the hook -- borrowed from a Bruce Hornsby melody -- reinforces, that's just the way it is.

4. "Open Fire" Like many songs written by 2Pac, "Open Fire" has directly challenging anyone out to get him, saying explicitly: "Word to God, I've been ready to die since I was born."

3. "If I Die Tonight" The verses on this track are all tinged with paranoia and an abrupt angry nostalgia over friends who also passed in a violent manner. Likely facing the same fate and no doubt taking more than a few with him, 'Pac goes out with guns blazing on this one with lines like: "I hope they bury me and send me to my rest/Headlines readin' 'Murdered to death'/My last breath."

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