Come with me
Hail Mary nigga, run quick see
What do we have here now

from 2Pac (Ft. Outlawz) – Hail Mary Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Religion has often been the thug’s safehouse of choice. Judging by the portrait painted by this tune’s extraordinary beat (perhaps the most chilling ever crafted), we can assume that Pac intends this exaltation not as an expression of faith, but as a means of telling us that by dint of religious young Shakur has been provided a moment of clarity. What he sees through this moment is detailed in the following two verses (likewise possibly the most chilling and certainly among the greatest Pac ever put to wax).

Now Hail Mary.

Also likely a reference to the Gospels found in Luke 24 and John 20 where Mary Magdalene discovers that Jesus’s body is absent from the tomb where it had been interred. She then is urged to run and tell others, such as Jesus’s mother, Mary by two angels. This ties into the Machiavelli/Jesus Christ-related theme of resurrection.

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