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All Eyez On Me (Explicit)

Review 2CD set. Monumental 1996 album featuring Dr Dre ; George Clinton ; Snoop Doggy Dogg and more!
Me Against The World [Explicit]

Review Simultaneously serving as both endless fodder for intellectual debates and the album most likely to be blaring out of the adjacent car's window, All Eyez on Me is a phenomenon that packs a wallop with every listen. Unquestionably the most nihilistic album to top the Billboard charts--and it's doubtful that any will match it--Eyez also manages to dish out the good-times dance tunes and still flow seamlessly. Recording commenced within hours of Tupac Shakur's release from prison, and a year's worth of pent-up ideas are unleashed with a fury akin to lifting the lid on a box of plutonium. The line between high art and insufferable reality, possibilities and self-destruction, has never been so blurred. Eyez is a landmark achievement that is unlikely to be topped by any heir apparent to the hip-hop crown. --Gregg Turkington
The 7 Day Theory (Remastered E

Review DISC 1 ONLY
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... [Explicit]

Review An indispensable and definitive collection showcasing the passionate genius of the late rapper. The album's nonchronological sequence highlights the contradictory impulses that made Tupac's music so commanding; the 21 well-loved "hits," some slightly reedited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unheard songs. Of the new material, the raw-sounding "God Bless the Dead" has been the subject of the most speculation, owing to its subject matter: a eulogizing of the late Notorious B.I.G.--a mysterious feat, since Tupac was killed six months before Biggie. And, making its first proper appearance on a Tupac album, the B-side "Hit 'Em Up" stands as the most intense outburst of pure venomous rage ever captured on tape. Whether he's waxing political, philosophical, or just plain paranoid, Tupac's empathetic, charismatic style remains unmatched. --Charley Gothic
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

Review No Description Available
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Media Type: CD
Artist: TUPAC
Title: R U STILL DOWN? (REMEMBER ME?)
Street Release Date: 11/25/1997
Domestic
Genre: RAP/HIP HOP
Life After Death

Review 26 cuts of "gangsta rap" that only increase in doom when you realize the guy talking it didn't live to laugh about it. Perhaps he now knows the answer to his question, "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto," which shows up here twice. Shakur, like most hard rappers, liked to sound tough, kicking it with song titles unprintable in a family newspaper. But, underneath the braggadocio, there was fear. "Only Fear of Death," "Nothing to Lose," and "I'm Losin' It" tell a far different story than "Fake Ass Bitches." His artistry could never, however, catch up to the sad fate of his life. --Rob O'Connor
2Pacalypse Now [Explicit]

Review Provocative 1991 debut from Tupac Shakur. Features 'Brenda's Got A Baby' & 'Soulja's Story'.
Thug Life: Vol. 1

Review All the elements that made this rap star great are already in place on this authoritative debut, released when he was not even yet of drinking age. "Young Black Male" and "Trapped" exemplify his more overtly political style, later abandoned when he signed up with the Death Row label; "Crooked Ass Nigga" is the kind of violent gangsta-rap tune that made 2Pac a bogeyman to the genre's foes. On "I Don't Give a Fuck," Shakur keeps his humor up while conveying the oppressive reaction a young black male encounters while performing the most mundane of tasks: buying some chips. "Brenda's Got a Baby" is a cautionary tale that shows Shakur at his poetic best: evocative and sympathetic, never condescending. The energetic production by 2Pac's Digital Underground pals is fully focused on unleashing his strengths rather than simply rehashing the successful DU sound. --Gregg Turkington
Doggystyle (Explicit Version)

Review Hard hitting and provocative second album from 2Pac, originally released in 1993
The Chronic (Explicit Version)

Review Watershed 1995 album from the hip hop icon, recorded following his near-fatal shooting in New York! Includes "Dear Mama". (TUPAC ; 2 PAC ; 2-PAC)
2Pac Greatest Hits

Review The gruesome details surrounding Tupac's third solo offering are enough to give any music fan the willies. Released when Tupac was in jail serving time for a rape conviction and just after his recovery from being shot-up gangland-style at a recording studio, this was his most introspective piece of work to date. The heavy-hearted album opens up with a radio commentary describing the circumstances surrounding his shooting, and then plunges headfirst into Pac's infatuation with death. "So Many Tears," "Death Around the Corner," and "If I Die 2Nite" are all dark, eerily prophetic tunes that lend credence to widespread theories which suggest that Pac anticipated his impending death. The perpetually thugged-out wonder reveals a more benevolent side when it comes to gender and family issues. On "Dear Mama"--a fitting tribute to his mother recorded in the "Keep Ya Head Up" vein--Pac takes listeners into the loving recesses of his heart, while on "Can U Get Away," he echoes similar respectful sentiments to black womynkind. This is probably Pac's most progressive issues-oriented release before he signed to Death Row and became a full-blown thug. --Dalton Higgins
2Pac Greatest Hits

Review Still I Rise CD Interscope Records, 4904132, 1999, 15 Track
Greatest Hits

Review Still I Rise, the third posthumous release of "new" material by Tupac Shakur, is not surprisingly a mixed bag. Recorded in 1996 with the Outlawz, the disc at its best does showcase the power of 'Pac. More politically acute (and complexly anti-Clinton) than most gangsta rap even attempts to be, "Letter to the President" and "The Good Die Young" find the star turning in some of his most focused lyrics and performances. Elsewhere, he often cedes the mic to other voices; the collaborations that result--"Secretz of War," "Tattoo Tears," the title cut--are the equivalent of campfire songs for the latter-day black cowboy. Dominated by phat beats and familiar imagery, they entertain but hardly illuminate. --Rickey Wright
Greatest Hits

Review 2Pac, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

All Eyez On Me (Explicit)

Review 2007 release, part two of two Greatest Hits CD's by the most recognizable forces in Rap history. 11 tracks complete this disc including the unreleased jam 'Dopefiend's Diner' and a new acoustic mix of 'Thugz Mansion'. Interscope.
Me Against The World [Explicit]

Review 2CD
The Best Of DMX

Review R U still down for more? More prolific than ever, the sadly departed Tupac reemerges with yet another compilation of demos, unfinished thoughts, and songs even he probably didn't like. Until the End of Time chronicles the fruitful Makaveli period of Pac's career, shortly before his untimely slaying. One of Tupac's greatest assets was the way he reveled in his own contradictions, the way he'd drop an uplifting track like "Keep Ya Head Up" in the middle of a hardcore gangsta album. Despite moments like the pensive "Until the End of Time" or "Letter 2 My Unborn," an overwhelming majority of Until is straight thug life. He's a masterful narrator ("Ballad of a Dead Soulja," "Last Ones Left"), but over the course of one-and-a-half hours the thugisms get monotonous, especially given the number of songs that appear twice. The most intriguing moments of Until are the odd references--to his own death, to a young Jay-Z, to the then-unknown phrase "Bling Bling." An album strictly for die-hards. --Hua Hsu
The Chronic (Explicit Version)

Review 2CD set. Monumental 1996 album featuring Dr Dre ; George Clinton ; Snoop Doggy Dogg and more!
2001

Review Simultaneously serving as both endless fodder for intellectual debates and the album most likely to be blaring out of the adjacent car's window, All Eyez on Me is a phenomenon that packs a wallop with every listen. Unquestionably the most nihilistic album to top the Billboard charts--and it's doubtful that any will match it--Eyez also manages to dish out the good-times dance tunes and still flow seamlessly. Recording commenced within hours of Tupac Shakur's release from prison, and a year's worth of pent-up ideas are unleashed with a fury akin to lifting the lid on a box of plutonium. The line between high art and insufferable reality, possibilities and self-destruction, has never been so blurred. Eyez is a landmark achievement that is unlikely to be topped by any heir apparent to the hip-hop crown. --Gregg Turkington
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)

Review DISC 1 ONLY

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