A-Side: Nothing But Love


Released June 10, 1993

The song features Mopreme Shakur under the stage name Wycked in the song, Shakur's older stepbrother and son of Mutulu Shakur. A Vibe Tribe remix of Papa's Song as well as Peep Game ft Deadly Threat and Cradle to the Grave appears on the tracklist. A music video was made around the time for the single release.



Me Against The World

Brenda's Got A Baby

If My Homie Calls

All Eyez On Me

B-side: Tha' Lunatic


Released September 25, 1991

The album features guest appearances from the group Live Squad, 2Pac's stepbrother the Wycked (later known as "Mopreme", later a member of 2Pac's groups Thug Life and the Outlawz), Ice-T, Ice Cube, Treach, Apache, Poppi, Deadly Threat, R&B singer Dave Hollister and Digital Underground.

Similar to his debut, 2Pacalypse Now, the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac's political and social views. The original album was going to be named "Troublesome 21" and released in September 1992, but it was scrapped due to being rejected by Time Warner.


Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 38,000 units in its first week. On April 19, 1995, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over one million copies in the United States. As of September 2011, the album has sold 1,639,584 copies in the United States.





B-side: If I Die 2Nite


Released June 13, 1995

It was released on June 4, 1996 as a double a-sided single with "California Love" from the same album and was his final single to be released during his lifetime. The song features R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, who at the time were best known as the lead singers of the group Jodeci. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number seventeen in the UK in 1996. The song received a Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy nomination in 1997. Type your paragraph here.


Keep Ya Head Up

Released February 4, 1993

So Many Tears was released in June 13, 1995 as the second single from his third studio album Me Against the World. The original song was recorded in 94 and features Big Stretch. It includes the track If I Die 2Nite on the B side.


Released November 4, 1996

Cradle to the Grave ft Thug Life

Released November 5, 1996

Makaveli 7 Day Theory is the first posthumous record and the last released with his creative input. Recorded in just seven days in August 1996, it was released on November 5, 1996, almost two months after his death, under the stage name of Makaveli, through Death Row Records, Makaveli Records and Interscope Records.

It is his only album released under the new alternative stage name and features guest appearances from his rap group Outlawz and rapper Bad Azz, as well as R&B singers Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, K-Ci and JoJo, Val Young and Tyrone Wrice, along with uncredited vocal contributions from reggae musician Prince Ital Joe. Originally intended as an underground release and preceded by the release of Toss It Up as the lead single, the album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 664,000 copies within its first week of release. By 1999, it was certified four times platinum by the RIAA.


The lyrics were written and the songs were recorded in only three days and mixing took an additional four days. These are some of the last songs Shakur recorded before he was shot on September 7, 1996. The album's preliminary title was "The 3 Day Theory" and it originally consisted of around 14 tracks. In a 2014 interview, E.D.I. Mean of the Outlawz rap group and Ronald "Riskie" Brent revealed that the official name of the album was mixed up in the rush to release the album following Tupac's death. Tupac wanted the album to be called Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory with Makaveli the Don as the artist name.


Released January 6, 1991

B-side: Peep Game ft Deadly Threat, Cradle to the Grave


Released January 17, 1994

The song was released as 2Pac's comeback single after his release from prison in 1995 and was his first single as the newest artist of Death Row Records. This is one of 2Pac's most widely known and most successful singles, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (as a double A-side single with "How Do U Want It") and also topping the charts of Italy, New Zealand, and Sweden. The song was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997.


Trapped is the solo debut single by 2Pac from his debut album 2Pacalypse Now (1991). It deals with police brutality. The first verse tells a story of 2Pac being harassed by the police with one even shooting at him. He then fires back and says he did it because he was tired of constantly being profiled and abused by police officers.



To Live and Die in L.A

Strictly 4 My Niggaz

Same Song is a song by American rap group Digital Underground featuring future hip-hop legend, Tupac Shakur, in his recording debut from the soundtrack for the movie, Nothing But Trouble. The song is included on their EP album, This Is an EP Release.



California Love ft Dr. Dre

Toss It Up

Released August 29, 1995

2Pacalypse Now

Me Against the World is the third studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released on March 14, 1995, by Interscope Records and Jive Records. 2Pac draws lyrical inspiration from his impending prison sentence, troubles with the police, and poverty, the album is described as being Tupac's most introspective album. According to him, Me Against the World was made to show the hip hop audience his respect for the art form. Lyrically, he intentionally tried to make the album more personal and reflective than his previous efforts. The musical production on the album was considered by several music critics to be the best of any of his albums up to that point in his career.


Me Against the World features guest appearances from rap group Dramacydal and rapper Richie Rich. Released while Tupac was imprisoned, Me Against the World made an immediate impact on the charts, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, holding the top spot for four consecutive weeks, and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.


Hail Mary

I Ain't Mad At Cha ft Danny Boy

Dear Mama

Released September 15, 1996

Released in Europe and parts of Oceania under the Makaveli stage name as the album's second single, it featured vocals from Val Young. The song peaked at number ten on the UK Singles chart and number 2 on the UK R&B chart. The song was produced by QDIII, son of producer Quincy Jones and brother of Shakur's girlfriend, Kidada Jones.


A music video was filmed the same day that Shakur recorded the "radio edit" version of the song , which was used for the video, radio play, and single released in Europe and parts of Oceania. It features Shakur working at a fruit stand driving around Los Angeles in a car filled with women and also features various scenes and pictures of notable places and events in Los Angeles.


The song is a tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur. In the song, Shakur details his childhood poverty and his mother's addiction to crack cocaine, but argues that his love and deep respect for his mother supersede bad memories. The song became his first top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number nine. It also topped the Hot Rap Singles chart for five weeks. As of March 2021, the song is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

"Dear Mama" has been consistently ranked among the best of its genre, appearing on numerous "greatest" lists. In 2009, the song was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it a work that is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States", making it the first hip hop recording by a soloist to be inducted. In a press release, the organization called the song "a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper's own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference."



B-side: Life of an Outlaw


Released February 11, 1997

Due to heavy criticism of gangsta rap at the time, the original version of the album was scrapped and re-recorded with many of the original songs being cut. The album only contains ten tracks because Interscope Records felt many of the other recorded songs were too controversial to release. It has been said that 2Pac created two other versions of this album, with many of the songs still remaining unreleased.


Several of these unreleased recordings include a 4 verse solo version of Bury Me A G with two new 2Pac verses, a radio version of Bury Me A G with another new unreleased verse by 2Pac and two alternate recordings of Str8 Balllin', which include never before released adlibs by the rapper. Although the original version of the album never came to fruition as the album went through a number of changes, Tupac performed the planned first single from the album, "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards.



Released November 4, 1994

Thug Life: Volume 1

The album features guest appearances from several artists including the Outlawz, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, E-40, Redman, Method Man, Nate Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, K-Ci & JoJo, and Roger Troutman, among others. 2Pac raps about his experiences of living in luxury and widely diverges from the social and political consciousness of his earlier albums like 2Pacalypse Now (1991) and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993).


All Eyez on Me widely received positive reviews from critics. In retrospect, it has garnered wider critical acclaim and has been ranked by many critics as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2014, with shipments of over 5 million copies (each disc in the double album counted as a separate unit for certification), and in 2020 was ranked 436th on Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


It was released on September 15, 1996 two days after Shakur's death as the album's fourth and final single. The song features contemporary soul singer Danny Boy providing vocals for the its hook and was written by Shakur, Danny Boy and Daz Dillinger, who produced the song using a sample from DeBarge's "A Dream". The single release differs from the version on the album with re-recorded vocals, alternative lyrics and a live band playing the beat. The lyrics focus on Shakur reminiscing about past friends, love interests and associates he has lost touch with. "I Ain't Mad at Cha" charted well internationally reaching number 13 on the UK Singles chart and number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.


The song features fellow West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg and was produced by Daz Dillinger. The song was released as a promotional single for the album on May 7, 1996 and later as the B-side to the album's second major and third overall single, How Do U Want It.


The song peaked at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. The song contains interpolations of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's song "The Message" and "Radio Activity Rap (Let's Jam)" by MC Frosty and Lovin' C.


The Pour Out A Little Liquor single includes the radio version and Shit Don't Stop LP version.  According to Johnny J the song was recorded right after the track titled "Thug Life" ft Big Syke & Prince Ital Joe. A black and white music video was also filmed around the time of the single released.



B-side: If My Homie Calls


Released October 20, 1991

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Papa'z Song ft Wycked

Released March 14, 1995

Released May 7, 1996

The song was first released as a promotional CD single a month prior to album's release and then, in February 1992, it was re-released as a double A-side single with the song If My Homie Calls. The song, which features R&B singer Dave Hollister singing background vocals with Roniece Levias, is about a 12-year-old girl named Brenda who lives in a ghetto and has a baby she can't support.




Pour Out A Little Liquor

Released under the stage name Makaveli, the song served as the lead single to the posthumous album. It was first released in the United States just under two weeks after his death, peaking at number thirty-three on the R&B singles chart. The song is known for including a diss toward Dr. Dre and instrumentally being very similar to Dre's production on the song "No Diggity". It features vocals and singing from Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, and K-Ci & JoJo. The single release altered slightly to the version found on the album. The album version was later included on Shakur's 1998 compilation Greatest Hits with a new mix and alternative lyrics.


2 of Americaz Most Wanted ft Snoop

Released November 12, 1991

A-side: California Love


B-side: 2 of Americaz Most Wanted, Hit em Up


Released June 4, 1996

The song was released as a double A-side single with Brenda's Got a Baby. 2Pac performed the song live in 1992 on the popular MTV show Yo! MTV Raps. The song entered the rap singles chart in March 1992 and peaked at number three on May 1.






The song uses the bassline from the "Computer Love", and the theme focuses on relationship and infidelity issues. Debuting at number sixty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, the song did fairly well in the United States. It was also well received by critics, with many writers commenting on its romantic tone.


The idea for "Temptations" began in late 1993 when record producer Easy Mo Bee came to Shakur while he was on the set of Above the Rim (1994). At Rucker Park in New York City, Mo Bee approached Shakur with several different songs they could sample from in the Me Against the World album. Out of the pieces he showed the rapper, Shakur favored the Zapp song "Computer Love." Despite being frequently sampled in the past by other artists, Shakur proposed that they simply speed up the tempo of "Computer Love" and use a low frequency automatic filter to retrieve the song's bassline.



Released September 26, 1996

Temptations

The song features R&B singer Dave Hollister and is dedicated to his godson Elijah, Corin Wray (Daughter of Salt) from Salt-N-Pepa and Latasha Harlins. Tupac emphasizes the abuse black women face in the society.


The beat is sampled from Zapp's "Be Alright" and the chorus is taken from The Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child". It was first released in Shakur's 1993 album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. later appearing after his death in 1998 in his Greatest Hits compilation. A "sequel" to the song, "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" was released on 2Pac's posthumous album Still I Rise in 1999.



2Pacalypse Now is Tupac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society, such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy. The album generated significant controversy stemming from then-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's public criticism after Ronald Ray Howard murdered a Texas state trooper and his defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its strong theme of police brutality. Quayle made the statement, "There's no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society.


2Pacalypse Now peaked at number 64 on the US Billboard 200 and number 13 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. On April 19, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. As of September 2011, the album has sold 923,455 copies in the United States.



A-side: Brenda's Got A Baby


Released December 20, 1991

Trapped

Same Song

Cradle to the Grave is one of the few songs from the album that made it to the charts, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles and number 91 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts respectively.



B-side: I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto, Rebel of the Underground


Released October 28, 1993

B-side: Shit Don't Stop


Released August 23, 1994

I Get Around

So Many Tears

It was released on February 4, 1993 as the album's lead single. The track, which samples "Do It Any Way You Wanna" People's Choice and Public Enemy's "Rebel Without a Pause", is an anthem of resistance. Frustrations with black poverty, police injustice, and Tupac's perceived persecution from political figure Dan Quayle fuel the majority of the track. The song is autobiographical in nature, referring to various traumas experienced by Tupac himself and the editor of Vibe was quoted in TIME magazine as stating that the song struck a chord with a large section of disaffected youth.



Released February 13, 1996

A-side: How Do U Want It


Released December 3, 1995

I Get Around was released on June 10, 1993 as the album's second single and features Shakur's mentor Shock G and Money-B of Digital Underground, Shakur's old group. It was produced by Shock G, who produced it under the alias, The D-Flow Production Squad. AllMusic notes that in the song Shakur "brags about his sexual conquests". Chart-wise, it was the album's most successful single reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.




Hail Mary features rap verses by Kastro, Young Noble and Yaki Kadafi of the Outlawz rap group and vocals from reggae musician Prince Ital Joe. A music video was shot for the song and can be found on the DualDisc of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

The song captures Tupac zoning out the violence and negativity surrounding him praying to God, and making biblical references. "Hail Mary" appeared on Shakur's Greatest Hits in 1998. A remix of the song was also featured on the album Nu-Mixx Klazzics in 2003. The song debuted on the Billboard charts on January 4, 1997 and peaked at number twelve on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart on March 8, 1997.

ALBUMS & SINGLES

The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Released September 26, 1994

Released February 16, 1993

How Do U Want It ft KC & JoJo

B-side: Old School


Released February 21, 1995