Budsmokers Only – Vol. 2(Pac)

Spark up and kick back with a chronic 2Pac special.

 

2Pac made his first recorded appearance on Digital Underground’s This Is An EP Release back in 1991 after initially being hired as a roadie and back-up dancer.  The Californian group was headed by Shock G who went on to produce 2Pac’s debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, that addressed a wide range of serious social issues within the black community.

 

Digital Underground – Same Song (feat. 2Pac)

2Pac – Trapped (feat. Shock G)

 

After the release of his breakthrough album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2Pac put together the hip-hop group Thug Life.  The group released their only album in 1994 and it included How Long Will They Mourn Me?, their tribute to recently deceased friend Kato in which Long Beach legend Nate Dogg lent the boys a hand on the chorus.

 

2Pac & Thug Life – How Long Will They Mourn Me? (feat. Nate Dogg)

 

In February 1995, just months after surviving an attack whereby he was shot five times (twice in the head), 2Pac was sentenced to eighteen months to four-and-a-half years in prison at Clinton Correctional Facility for his involvement in an alleged sexual assault.  The West Coast rapper became the first artist to have an album at #1 in the charts while behind bars when Me Against The World was released later that year.  The hugely successful album has been described as a ‘confession’ and is a reflection by 2Pac on his childhood memories of poverty, hardship and run-ins with the law.

 

2Pac – Me Against The World (feat. Dramacydal)

2Pac – Old School

2Pac – So Many Tears

 

Eight months into 2Pac’s prison sentence Suge Knight arranged his parole and agreed to pay the $1.4 million bail if the jailed rapper would release three albums for him on Death Row Records.  2Pac agreed and by early 1996 he had another #1 with the double album All Eyez On Me.  The record had a clear thug mentality to it which marked the departure from the introspective political subject matter of 2Pac’s earlier work and intensified the rivalry between Knight’s Death Row and Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records.

 

2Pac – 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (w/ Snoop Dogg)

2Pac – All Eyez On Me (feat. Big Syke)

2Pac – Can’t C Me (feat. George Clinton)

2Pac – Heartz Of Men

2Pac – Life Goes On

2Pac – Tradin’ War Stories (feat. C-Bo, Kastro & Storm)

 

In the summer of 1996 2Pac released his infamous diss track Hit ‘Em Up with Outlawz, another rap outfit that he had created, claiming that certain members of Bad Boy were involved in his 1994 shooting.  The track was aimed primarily at Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G., with 2Pac also claiming to have had sex with the latter’s wife (Faith Evans).  Unsurprisingly, the East Coast – West Coast rivalry hit new heights.

 

2Pac – Hit ‘Em Up (feat. Outlawz)

 

Despite mounting conflict and internal problems within Death Row, 2Pac continued to record songs and completed The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory under the alias Makaveli in August 1996.  The album’s content was much darker and aggressive than that of his previous work and his growing paranoia was evident as he dished out vicious insults to a whole array of fellow rappers involved in the hip-hop feud.  However, 2Pac would not live to see the release of his new album after being shot four times on 7th September as he left the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  He had just watched the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon fight and was waiting at traffic lights when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside and fired shots into his car.  He spent six days in a coma before finally succumbing to his wounds on Friday 13th.  After 2Pac’s cremation his former rap group Outlawz headed down to the beach and gave their friend the send-off he had always wanted by getting high and smoking his ashes.  The album he had produced as Makaveli was released two months after his death and became the notorious rapper’s third consecutive #1 album.

 

Makaveli – Hail Mary (feat. Outlawz)

Makaveli – Krazy (feat. Bad Azz)

Makaveli – To Live & Die In L.A.

 

It was expected that 2Pac’s death would bring an end to the East Coast – West Coast rivalry but The Notorious B.I.G. was killed under similar circumstances six months later.  Both murders to this day remain unsolved.  The extraordinary collection of unfinished recordings that he produced during his time at Death Row has kept 2Pac’s legacy alive and well for over 15 years.  We hope you enjoy our pick of his posthumous releases.

 

2Pac – Breathin’ (feat. Outlawz)

2Pac – Hellrazor

2Pac – LastOnesLeft (feat. Outlawz)

2Pac – Real Bad Boys (feat. The Assassin)

2Pac – Starin’ Through My Rear View (feat. Outlawz)

2Pac – They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us (feat. Outlawz)

2Pac & Outlawz – Still I Rise

Trapp – Stop The Gunfight (feat. 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G.)

 

 

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