2Pac is still regarded by many as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. Ever since hearing him, Pac has been my GOAT and it’s still hard to believe he passed away over 26 years ago. 2Pac was taken away from us on September 13, 1996, in Las Vegas. Two months later, Death Row Records his first posthumous album The 7 Day Theory under Makaveli. The following year, his second posthumous joint was released. R U Still Down was the name of the album and it was released 25 years ago today. R U Still Down marked his 6th album and his second double album. The album was the first to be released from 2Pac’s mother’s imprint, Amaru Entertainment. R U Still Down features almost all previously unreleased material, all of which was recorded between 1992 and 1994. The project sold almost 550,000 copies in its first week.
I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto was the first of two singles released from the album. During this time was crazy because there were so many conspiracy theories about Pac faking his death. The video for I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto added to those conspiracies. In the Lionel C. Martin directed music video from September 14–15, 1997, the perspective is a first-person viewpoint of Shakur. After being shot, he stumbles to a nunnery in fictional Rukahs, New Mexico. (‘Rukahs’ spelled backward is ‘Shakur’.) The license plate of the car that Shakur gets in with the older man reads “61671”, which references Shakur’s birthday on June 16, 1971. The room he goes into with the girl is room number 7.
The clock in the background at the end is set to 4:03, the same time Shakur officially died at 4:03, Tupac appears also. At the end, he goes into Amaru Diner, Amaru being his middle name. The video also features several notable figures. Mother Teresa is seen getting on a bus, and already on the bus are Jimi Hendrix, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, and Elvis Presley. Do For Love was the second and final single released off R U Still Down. Do For Love was a popular track and it eventually went gold after it dropped in February of 1998. The video was an animated one and the track appeared on Disc 2. R U Still Down was a dope album from 2Pac.
My top 5 tracks on Disc 1 are Hellrazor, Thug Style, Nothing to Lose, I’m Getting Money and Fuck All Y’all. Only Fear of Death, Do for Love, I’m Losin’ It, Ready 4 Whatever and When I Get Free II are my top 5 on Disc 2. Check out the track listing and stream link below.
- Open Fire ft. Akshun
- R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
- Hellrazor ft. Stretch & Val Young
- Thug Style
- Where Do We Go From Here (Interlude)
- I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto
- Nothing to Lose ft. Y?N-Vee
- I’m Gettin’ Money
- Lie to Kick It ft. Richie Rich
- Fuck All Y’all
- Let Them Thangs Go
- Definition of a Thug Nigga
- Ready 4 Whatever ft. Big Syke
- When I Get Free
- Hold On, Be Strong ft. Stretch
- I’m Losin’ It ft. Big Syke & Spice 1
- Fake Ass Bitches
- Do for Love ft. Eric Williams from Blackstreet
- Enemies with Me ft. Dramacydal
- Nothin’ but Love ft. Dave Hollister
- 16 on Death Row
- I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto (Hip Hop Version)
- When I Get Free II ft. Yaki Kadafi
- Black Starry Night (Interlude)
- Only Fear of Death