2Pac is my favorite rapper, artist, musician or whatever you want to call it. Growing up my friends knew I was the smart one and was really into Black History at an early age. They discovered 2Pac before I did and told me to listen to his 2Pacalypse Now album. From then on, 2Pac was my favorite rapper and that haven’t changed 25+ years later. Since Music Monday have been nonexistent, we’re going to do things a little different. Every Monday I’ll do something with my favorite artists and their top albums. Of course, I’ll start things off with my top 5 albums from 2Pac.
Me Against the World
For those of you that don’t know, Me Against the World is my all-time favorite album. This album means so much to me because when it came out, I was still in high school. As a matter of fact, it was my junior year in high school. Honestly, it felt like Pac was talking to me with this album. We all know tracks like So Many Tears, Dear Mama, Temptations and Me Against the World. The entire album is amazing, and you can check it out below.
We all know this album was released a couple months after Pac passed away. When the video for Toss It Up came out, that increased the talk of Pac faking his death. 2Pac had videos in the stash for To Live In & Die in L.A. and Hail Mary. This album saw him fire a couple more disses towards Biggie on Bomb First and Against All Odds. Nas, Mobb Deep, Diddy and Dr. Dre all got dissed on this album. Once again, 2Pac put out an album that I can bump from the beginning to the end without skipping. Makaveli have been labeled as the best hip hop album ever by quite a few people.
All Eyez On Me
Many people will argue that this is 2Pac’s best album. Honestly, I wouldn’t argue with them because it is a great album. For me, this is the album that elevated Pac into another stratosphere. This double album featured everyone on Death Row Records. Method Man, Redman, Rappin 4-Tay, Richie Rich, E-40 and a bunch of other people. California Love was the first single and it was a collaboration with Dr. Dre. California Love was a megahit and se the tone for the album. 2Pac also put out videos for All About U, How Do U Want It and 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted. The final video for the album was a posthumous release of I Ain’t Mad at Cha. The video was released not too long after Pac’s death and it was about him getting killed. The album is awesome and should be in your catalog so check it out.
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z
This was the second album from 2Pac, and it was highlighted by Keep Ya Head Up. For many people I know, they liked 2Pac, but this track made people go crazy for him. Keep Ya Head Up is an all-time classic hip hop record and one of Pac’s best records. I Get Around was another classic record off the album. I Get Around featured his homies, Digital Underground. If you love albums with a Black Power feel to it, this is the one for you. Tracks like the title track, Holla If Ya Hear Me, Souljah’s Revenge and many other tracks are eye-opening. Instead of telling you about it, check it out for yourself.
This was a tough one to choose because there’s other ones in the running. Better Dayz, 2Pacalypse Now and R U Still Down? [Remember Me] were in the mix for the 5th spot. The Thug Life album featured Pac’s first crew and it was an instant classic. Pour Out a Little Liquor was the first track from them, and it was featured on the Above the Rim Soundtrack. Stand out tracks from the album was Bury Me A G, Stay True, How Long Will They Mourn Me, Under Pressure, Cradle to the Grave and Str8 Ballin. This was an incredible project and made many people with they made a Volume 2.
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