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Shot dead aged just 25 Tupac Shakur had already achieved so much and already had his place as the greatest rapper in music history. Thirteen years on there are still albums being released with "new" material, as well as all the posthumous albums there have been several greatest hits collections with some of his biggest hits mixed with a couple of new previously unreleased tracks. "The Best of 2pac" is a two part collection of some of his greatest hits. Part 1 is Gansta and Part 2 is Life. Both albums were released on December 4, 2007 in the United States and December 10, 2007 in the United Kingdom.
This album charts some of his biggest hits as well as remixes of some of his well known tracks and features the previously unreleased Dopefiends diner. Over the course of this collection Tupac raps about things that happened in his life and the way he saw the world. Further showing the eclectic nature of my music tastes here is my review.
1.) Definition of a thug nigga
2.) Still Ballin'
3.) Until The End Of Time
4.) Never Call U B**** Again - 2Pac, Tyrese
5.) They Don't Give A F**** About Us - 2Pac, The Outlawz
6.) Keep Ya Head Up
7.) Ghetto Gospel
8.) Brenda's Got A Baby
9.) Thugz Mansion
10.) When I Get Free - 2Pac, J. Valentine
11.) Dopefiend's Dine
Definition of a "Thug Nigga" is the opening track on the album, opening with a catchy melody and heavy beat this track showcases the great flow of his rap vocals. This track is about how Tupac saw what it was to be a Thug Nigga. This gets the album off to a good start. "Still Ballin" follows and this shows that as well as the rap from Tupac the music was always an important aspect of any Tupac track and this one is an indication of that with a relentless beat and some great piano backing. This is a very flowing track indeed which is one of the best on this collection.
"Until The End of time" is up now and this is one of my favourite tracks from Tupac. This is a really flowing track with great rap vocals over an unlikely sample of Broken Wings by Mr Mister. This track features Richard Page and has a really great feel. Next up is another personal favourite of mine "Never call you bitch again". This features Tyrese and is a fabulous track about realising just how much you really care for someone and you'll promise to be good to them after some pretty choice words. This shows Tupac's tender side and is a really great track.
Now we come to track five which is "They don't give a fuck about us" This is from his time with "The Outlawz" with which he released a posthumous album with "Still I Rise" in 1999 which I also own. back to the track and this is another very flowing track which is a political track about feeling isolated by White politicians as a black man. "Keep Ya Head Up" is next and this is a very flowing track with some great melodies and smooth backing vocals. This is a message to a female friend to keep strong and leave the man who is treating them badly. This is a great track.
Ghetto Gospel is up next and this is another of my favourites from one of his posthumous releases. This is of course from the album "Loyal to the Game". This track features a sample of Elton John's "Indian Sunset". The combination is brilliant and the musical backing is epic. This is a clear indication that Tupac could have released album after album if he was still alive and would still sell huge amounts of albums due to the quality of this. Next up is another fantastic track "Brenda's got a baby" This is about the harrowing story of a twelve year old girl called Brenda who gets pregnant from her cousin who she loves but is abusing her. Her family doesn't care about her and she is all alone. This track was Tupac's debut single.
Next up we have another brilliant track "Thugz Mansion" this is a beautifully done acoustic version, this track Tupac talks about heaven and that he would eventually find happiness when he is in a place where all the troubles and pains of his life come to an end, and that he would want to end up in that place of peace after he dies. This is a great example of the huge variety of Tupac Shakur. "When I get free" is next up and this is a track which has an incredibly catchy hook which sounds a lot like Michael Jackson's speed demon.
Finally we come to the final track and this is another great track. The previously unreleased "Dopefiends Diner". This tells the story of Tupac with his friends going to eat in A diner and there's a gun fight outside where he witnesses a murder when someone gets shot and dies. This track is backed by a great female vocal. This track really closes the album well and deserves it place as the final track on this collection. Very good indeed.
There are only eleven tracks on the album but this is a clear indication of just what a talented and varied artist Tupac Shakur was. There's stuff about Thug Life, Heaven and even Love. He is the greatest rapper of all time and nobody comes that close in my eyes. I will probably review the first part of "The Best of 2pac" sometime in the future. A great album which I hope you enjoyed reading my review of.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Definition Of A Thug Nigga
2 Still Ballin' - 2Pac, Trick Daddy
3 Until The End Of Time - 2Pac, Richard Page, R.L. Hugger
4 Never Call U B**** Again - 2Pac, Tyrese
5 They Don't Give A F**** About Us - 2Pac, The Outlawz
6 Keep Ya Head Up
7 Ghetto Gospel
8 Brenda's Got A Baby
9 Thugz Mansion
10 When I Get Free - 2Pac, J. Valentine
11 Dopefiend's Dine