Toss It Up
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|"Toss It Up"|
|Single by Makaveli (2Pac)|
|from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory|
|Released||September 26, 1996|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop|
|Label||Death Row Records/Interscope|
|Writer(s)||Tupac Shakur, Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, Demetrius Meech Shipp, Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, Joel "JoJo" Hailey|
|Producer||Demetrius Meech Shipp|
|Makaveli (2Pac) singles chronology|
Originally, Dr. Dre was going to use the beat from No Diggity, a song by Blackstreet but when Dre left Death Row Records he sold the beat to Blackstreet which angered rapper 2Pac. He even states at the end of the song, "Yeah we took y'all beat, 'cause you wasn't rockin' it right." It samples Bill Withers "Grandmas Hands". A music video was shot for the song, being noted for the last video shot by 2Pac before his death caused by his fatal 1996 shooting.
In the song, there are several verbal onslaughts aimed at various rappers and musicians. Shakur dissed Dr. Dre in the song during the whole second verse stating:
No longer Dre Day, arrivederci
Blown and forgotten, rotten for plottin Child's Play
Check your sexuality, as fruity as this Alize
Quick to jump ship, punk trick, what a dumb move
Cross Death Row, now who you gon' run to?
Lookin for suckers cause you similar
Pretendin to be hard, oh my God, check your temperature
Screamin Compton, but you can't return, you ain't heard
Brothers pissed cause you switched and escaped to the burbs
Throughout this verse 2Pac attacks Dre for running away from death row. In the second line he mentions the rumors started by Death Row and Suge Knight about Dre being Bisexual. He also made an indirect reference to the song Straight Outta Compton of Dr. Dre's former rap group N.W.A. On the outro of the song, Puff Daddy was dissed.