Later this week would have seen the late Tupac Shakur celebrate his 42nd birthday and he takes centre stage for this week’s Throwback Thursday.
We will feature 5 tracks from 2Pac’s massive library in this week’s play list.
“Hellrazor” starts off the proceedings. This track was featured on the 1997 posthumous double-disc album “R U Still Down? [Remember Me]”. 2Pac is accompanied by Stretch and singer Val Young. The track was produced by QDIII.
“Runnin’ From Tha Police” is the second track on the play list. This is the OG version and not the Eminem-produced “Dying To Live” version. This track features Kadafi, Young Kastro and E.D.I from the Outlaw Immortalz. At this point in time, they were known as Dramacydal. Two other familiar voices also feature on this track - Stretch and The Notorious B.I.G. Dancehall singer Buju Banton performs the hook. This track was due to be on 2Pac’s “Me Against The World” album however, with the beef with Biggie starting, the song was subsequently released on a compilation album instead. Sadly, only the semi-clean version is available on Spotify. The uncensored version can be found on YouTube.
The third track on the play list is “Got My Mind Made Up”. This track was released in 1996 on the first disc of 2Pac’s “All Eyez On Me” double-disc album. Two of the most well-known rap duos appear on this track - Tha Dogg Pound (Daz & Kurupt) and Redman and Method Man. “Got My Mind Made Up” was produced by Daz.
Track 4 is from the 1995 album “Me Against The World” titled “Lord Knows”. 2Pac runs solo on this track. The track was produced by Brian G who sampled the Blackbyrds track “All I Ask”.
The final track on the play list is from 2Pac’s 1993 sophomore album “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.”, “Last Wordz”. Produced by Bobcat, “Last Wordz” is a gem for hardcore-rap fans as 2Pac appears on a track alongside fellow west coast artists Ice T and Ice Cube. Thankfully, Vanilla Ice never appeared on this track to make it a full set of “Ice’s”!