DJ Khaled recruited an all-star line up for this tribute to the late rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Diddy supplies the introduction and sporadic ad-libs, while Swizz Beatz tackles the hook and Rick Ross, Meek Mill and T.I. handle the verses over The Beat Bully's drum-lined instrumental. "When I made 'I Feel Like Pac / I Feel Like Biggie' me and Swizz was in the studio and I played Swizz the beat and I gave him a vision of who I wanted to be on the record. Swizz came up with this hook: 'I feel like 'Pac,' " Khaled told MTV News .
"That chemistry with me and Swizz was amazing when we were cooking that, but at the same time I couldn't have put just any rapper on that record so I put Ross, I put Meek and I put T.I.," he added.
Khaled explained why he chose Rick Ross, Meek and T.I. for the verses. "Ross is one of the biggest rappers in the game and one of the hardest gangsta rappers in the game and that's what Biggie and 'Pac was," said Khaled. "And then you got T.I., another brother from the south who's one of the hardest rappers in the game and in and out of jail, going through so much s--t. If you really look at T.I.'s story, he done been through a lot of sh--, as well as Ross.
"Then you got Meek Mill, who has been through a lot of s--t, and where he comes from, from a young age. If you look at his story, he's like a young 'Pac, " he continued. "Nobody's like 'Pac and Biggie, nobody's sounding like 'em. I'm talking about the energy."
The song's allusions to Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. stirred up emotions amongst some who knew them. "[They] sold you out, B.I.G.," former Notorious B.I.G. sidekick Ma$e said on his Instragram account hours after the song was released. "I hate the way your legacy has been watered down… Let him rest."