“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: 2Pac / Release Date: 1996 / Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap „
This is the last album which the iconic rap artist Tupac Shakur had written before his untimely death,and it was released just after he was killed in Las Vegas 1995.
Tupac was a artist who in five years had brought out five platinum albums and five major movies as well as going to jail and getting in to all kinds of troubles in the five years he was a entertainer.
2pac's life was one of great controversy,coming from the ghetto's of america and having a family which were deeply involved with the black panthers,whilst being a front man for the ever controversial rap music I believe this made him a target for the authorities. And at the fact he was the biggest selling rap artist of his time meant that other artists were becoming very jealous of his success.
By time this album was written Tupacs whole life was controversial,paranoid after being shot and with a army of enemies all off Tupacs problems can be seen through the songs within this album.
The songs are
1)Bomb first 2)Hail Mary 3)Toss it up 4)To live and die in L.A. 5)Blasphemy 5)Life of a outlaw 6)Just like daddy 7)Krazy 8)White mans world 9)Me and my girlfriend 10)Hold ya head 11)Against all odds.
I must say that if you are a rap music fan then this is a great album to buy as each and every song is brilliant and certainly worth listening to. Tupac calls out his enemies and for one last time shows the world how talented he really was,and in my opinion this is the best album this legend ever created.
If you listen closely to the beginning of the first track I believe Tupac left the world a message that to me is as clear as day.
The last album that was recorded by Tupac before his death (although released after his death) was under his new alias 'Makaveli'. The album's full title, "The Don Killuminati : The 7 Day Theory" is often missed out by fans who simply refer to the album as 'Makaveli' in a similar way to The Beatles' 'The Beatles' album is known as 'The White Album'.
Strangely panned by music critics such as Allmusic, 'Makaveli' presents some of Tupac's strongest work with the album taking the phrase 'all killer, no filler' to a whole new level.
The album starts off with a highly influential trilogy of songs which intermix with each other, the first one being "Intro/Bomb First". Starting the album with a mock news broadcast regarding Tupac's new album (and introducing his new alias), the interview states that BIG, Jay Z, Nas and 'several other New York rappers are understandably shaken up by this release'. As well as naming several rappers that are now ready to incur Tupac's wrath, he declares war on anybody who isn't ready to join his side. Bomb first features two members of his 'Outlawz' crew who hold their own well alongside rap's finest, but Tupac's aggressive no holds barred lyrics cannot be topped. I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of what Mr Shakur was planning.
The next song up is the legendary "Hail Mary". Radio One rap DJ Tim Westwood's favourite ever song, "Hail Mary" describes the troubles of despite feeling guilt for his actions, the revenge that he desires is great enough to lead him to sin. Impressive track with complex rhyming schemes which has resulted in many parodies in the years since, most notably one featuring Eminem, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes.
The third of the opening trilogy is "Toss It Up" a dancy, upbeat sounding song featuring R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, until you delve deaper into the lyrics and see an attack on former Death Row label mate "Dr.Dre". Aside from calling Dre a homosexual and threatening violence, the song does give numerous shout outs regarding his love for L.A. and women and despite being a Dr Dre fan, I love this song.
To pick out further album highlights is difficult, not because there aren't any but rather there are too many. You can pick the ode to Los Angeles "To Live and Die in L.A.", the immensely lyrical "Blasphemy", the 'me against the world' style "Against All Odds" and a number of the other tracks.
One of the other songs however leaves you in no doubt that it is a highlight as "Me & My Girlfriend" is one of the most influential songs to hit rap music, with Tupac talking about his love for his girl and all the things he'd love to do to her (he is actually referencing his gun). Although other music genres had frequently used metaphorical lyrics to appear they're talking about a girl, but secretly talking about something else (often drugs), in rap music it was relatively rare and to describe such love for a pistol was groundbreaking to say the least. Jay Z and Beyonce have since gone on to cover this song with new lyrics, although theirs is much watered down and solely about love. And who says rap has gone soft?
There are also more guest features from 'The Outlawz', who Tupac stated could feature on every verse of the album so long as he felt what they had written was better than his verse. The result is an album dominated by Tupac but peppered with pleasant guest features from the Outlaws (and Bad Azz).
Overall this is a brilliant album, one of the greatest albums by the greatest ever rapper. Any rap fan should own this album and feel pain when listening to Tupac rap, knowing his life would be cut short only weeks after recording this album.
1. Intro/Bomb First (My Second Reply)
2. Hail Mary
3. Toss It Up
4. To Live & Die in L.A.
6. Life of an Outlaw
7. Just Like Daddy
9. White Man'z Burden
10. Me and My Girlfriend
11. Hold Ya Head
12. Against All Odds
"The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" came out late in 1996, and had 2Pac take on a new persona as Makaveli (following the time spend reading Machiavelli's "The Prince" in prison). It was the second album from him in the year, after dropping the classic "All Eyez On Me" earlier on, but unfortunately he was killed before he was given a chance to drop this, his final completed work.
2. "Hail Mary"
This track begins a string of recordings which went on to become singles for him, and for this one, it is probably the most significant track off the album as it is considered to be one of his best creations ever as he flows on top of the type of beats which we would associate from the Horrocore phase a few years later. It is a very dark one, and it is all about the lyrics, so you need to follow closely to stay up on it all.
3. "Toss It Up"
After straight killing it with their presence on the album prior to this, you have K-Ci & JoJo, fresh off their breakup of the band Jodeci; sing on the chorus of this one. It finds them making the most of the beats which have been given to them as some relatively unknown guys take over with the production, and makes a banger out of it as the rapper does some light Gangsta Rap.
4. "To Live & Die In LA"
I have to say that this is certainly a very memorable tune on the album, and one you are unlikely to want to forget as it has him on some laid-back stuff to get you grooving as he just takes things back a little to the good old days, as he samples a little Prince on some beats from QDIII. It is one of the best on the album, and I can't see how anyone cold see it any other way, especially with it forcing a comparison with "California Love".
The lyrics of this track seem to flow out of the rapper without any thought at all, it just flows out so simply, and leads to you just listing in awe as he rages with the way that he delivers it all. He recites rules which he lives by in this one, and from it he describes how he puts these into action in everyday life. It is dark, and takes you over as you hear his words.
6. "Life Of An Outlaw"
This track refers to the group which Makaveli established towards the end of his life, and has him backed by all of the members of the group to as Young Noble, E.D.I. Mean, Kastro and Napoleon all get a chance to jump on the beat in the final verse. The grooves in this one invite you in and indicate that we are in for a shift as you can feel the Mafioso twist to it all.
7. Just Like Daddy"
You have this one based upon the classic "Impeach the President" break, and when every other person has jumped on to of it (LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane and Nas) it has resulted in some of the most influential material ever, in this case I would quite say that it was that effective, but t is certainly a track which utilised its simplicity well to come up with results which most would want a few listens of.
This track has the artist just letting his guard down and chilling while he smokes weed, and speaking on how he must indulged in these moments as his life is filled with so many troubles that if he was to have them prominently in his mind at all times he would simply go mad. The production from Big D leads him in to it well, and allows him to find where he needs to be in order to convey these ideas.
9. White Man'z World"
The title to this one pretty much sums up the way that Makaveli chooses to take this one. He seems to take us back to his earliest years as he questioned why life is how it is, and in this case he describes how difficult it is for anyone not fitting the white, middle-classed male description has no real opportunities to prosper in this world.
10. "Me and My Girlfriend"
Covered by many others including Jay-Z and Eminem, this track has the rapper doing a pretty straight-forward track as he rides with his girl in a type of Bonne & Clyde style as they are on the run. He describes how any girl who he is with must be prepared for such a hectic lifestyle, as he is only down for someone who is down for his way of living life (one which is non-idyllic for most).
11. "Hold Ya Head"
The grooves in this track are funky, and they significantly contrast from the way that the rapper goes about delivering his lyrics as he goes in on the thing relentlessly, and does give you any time to come up for air. It is a prime example of how he is able to dominate a recording and bring a listener down, even when the beats indicate something completely different.
12. "Against All Odds"
To end the album off 'Pac, (as Makaveli does a track which has him doing a tune which has him just let out everything else he has to say as he takes on all of those who he had a serious issue with before getting into what are some straight hardcore lyrics. It reflects the fact that there is a massive shift in his material from "All Eyez On Me" to this one, despite the short length of time between releases.
It is unfortunate that he was never given the opportunity to see the reaction of this album form his fans as it did so well, and straight off a double-album, it shows just how much creativity he had within him to come up with another range of killer tunes to come together as an entirely new project under a new moniker and state of mind.
Tupac will for ever go out as one of the greatest rap artists that has ever lived, hes one of those emcees that doesnt give a damn, hes gonna speak whats on his mind and if you dont like it, Fuck you.. However Tupac got killed and he resuructed as Makaveli, Makaveli's style is similar to Tupac only Makaveli is more pissed off and he straight declares war on the enemies Tupac had, On tracks like Against all Odds, and My Bomb 1st everyone from Mobb Deep, JayZ, Biggie, Puffy, and Nas get hit wit the verbal assault from Makaveli. and the disses dont stop there, On toss it up which is for the radio and clubs due to the apperances of Danny Boy, KC and jojo and Arron Hall, He straight rips Dr Dre by the ass on the last verse by calling him a sellout and making fun of his sexuality its a pretty hard diss, your gonna have to pee yourself., And just when you think he let up on Dre, On Live and Die in LA he goes: Califorinia Love Part 2 without gay ass Dre. But dont think This whole album is all about disses, Krazy shows Makaveli dealing with depression on a very slow but addictive course, Me and My Girfriend is where hes potrayin his Gun as his girlfriend and White Manz World shows that Makaveli(Like the late Tupac) potraying his political standpoints about white people and how their not gonna erase black people off. Overall this is a classic album with the exceptions of 2 tracks i can go without (Blaestmey, Just like Daddy). I would give it an overall rating of 6/10.
This was the album released in 96, after pac had died. Even though it brought excitment to everyone when it was realeased, at first I thought that this album wasnt that good but after listening to it alot more lately I recon its his second best album next to all eyes on me. My favourite tracks on this album are such hit tracks as toss it up, To live and die in LA and Hail Mary. The tracks I dislike are white mans world and me and my girlfriend. The beats on this album arnt great, but they are not terrible either. Most are orignal though. Also it has a great introduction to the LP explaing about some of the beef between 2pac and the New York Emcees. Compared to other 2pac albums I would say it was the second best. It just takes some time to realise that. Also this album brought many belives, theorys and reasons to make fans belive that Pac is still alive, and that he never died in the first place. As he changed his alias to Makaveli, who was the book writter who made his soldiers belive they were dead to defeat enemies. Apparently is was called the 7day theory because it was written and record in just 7 days. It was recently quite hard to get hold of but im sure it has been remastered so now it can easily be brought.
This may not be the best album that Tupac has ever released but it's still a good album. If you like Tupac's previous albums then you should like this, but you may be a little bit disappointed as it is not as good as it could be. There are three very good tracks on this album; Hail Mary, Toss It Up and To Live & Die In L.A, along with a few other pretty good tracks. This album is worth buying if you really love Tupac's music but if you're looking for a really good hip-hop/rap album then there are much better albums around, including some of his other albums.
Being a big 2pac fan, when this hit the stores in 96, shortly after his controversial death, I was really excited. Let’s face it after all eyez on me who wouldn’t. But this was not the man’s best album. To me it was a man who was looking for a quick image change with “makaveli” and therefore rushed through the album. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great album, for any other artist it would be the pinnacle of their career but for tupac I don’t know. To be honest I’m probably too critical of this guy, considering I cant rap for sh*t. Anyway, this album still offers some top beats for your die-hard Pac fan. “hail mary” really gets the album underway, rocking beats, true deathrow and some class 2pac lyrics with a little gangster twist. Toss it up, is reminiscent of “no digity” with the soft R&b vocals of Danny boy, jo-jo, and Aaron Hall as well as the “husky” K-ci, backed up with the man himself doing his hardcore gangster thing. Basically if u like “how do you want it” then toss it up is for you. “to live in die in La” ain’t my favourite but when summer comes around this tune has more of an appeal to it. After the smooth, to an extent feel good songs 2pac, sorry Makavelli returns to his more gangster style, with blasphemy, again its alright but nothing special. “life as an outlaw” is classic tupac, rocking beats, strong lyrics, as is “just like daddy” which I’m feeling to the fullest. “krazy”, isn’t bad, good lyrics, nice chorus, but that’s all. “white man’z world” is the sort of song I like, and is more like “all eyez on me” style, you know the score, Tupac doing his thing with a nice R&b vocal background. “me and my Girlfriend” is hot, great duo song wit some bird, sorry don’t know who, ace beats, ace chor
us, ace deathrow song. “hold ya head” is tupac’s token shout out to his boyz who is fighting life in the gutters. Finally “against all odds” isn’t that special and is mainly a diss at miss “Deloris Tucker” Overall this album, is not the best offering from 2pac, but is still worth the purchase. Especially since there is no more deathrow, it’s the last time you'll be able to get those classic deathrow beats.
this got to be one of the best 2pac albums, and just after he had changed his name to makaveli. The rapping on this album is some of his best, but as a relativly new fan this could be agrued against, as some of the earlier stuff most artists do is some of their best, but he died after making this great album. The bass is excellent, and lyrics are true as well as amusing at times. With the takeout in track 11 which reminds me of my friend playing counter-strike (see me review on that), it make me laugh everytime. Once again one of his best albums, along with all eyez on me. gotta be the best rapper in the world