Tupac Ressurected Respectfully
Oct 31, 2003 (Updated Nov 16, 2003)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:A great range of Tupac classics, unreleased cuts, and tight remixes.
Cons:The 50 Cent and Tupac collabo.
The Bottom Line: A respectful compilation that covers the full breadth of Tupac's career, makes this a must for fans, and potential fans alike.
Legends in Hip Hop do not come any bigger than Tupac Shakur, the slain rapper, who before his sad death reached the pinnacle of rap music. His status in Hip Hop has now become gigantous, almost mythical, and thats not mentioning the plethora of 'new' Tupac material that hits the market each year.
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The fascination with Tupac Shakur a complex, controversial, but brilliant character has not waned since his death, and with films like 'Tupac Ressurection' coming out (almost regularly), old and new fans alike are getting there feed of Tupac.
Whatever your thoughts of Tupac the man, his posthumous material, the conspiracy theories, and everything else that seems to be sold or spoken using the image of Tupac, one can not deny of the mans talent. An MC who could show a thugged out gangsta style on one track, and than the following song could mellow out and rap soft deep lyrics. An artist that could succesfully walk the line between club tracks, political barbs, and social conscience joints, while all the time keeping it real. And like his often mentioned counter part Biggie Smalls, Tupac has become the inspiration and role model for a whole generation of rappers from Eminem to Ja Rule.
Now to this soundtrack, which is made up of previous Tupac songs spanning his career, a couple of unreleased joints, and some remixed tracks. Is there room for another Tupac compilation album? Lets See...
1. Intro - N/A
2. Ghost - 4/5
The modern production on this song is real nice, helping to keep that pumped up anti establishment vibe that Tupac so often displayed. This is probably what a Tupac song would sound like today if he were still alive. A great start to this soundtrack.
3. One Day At A Time - 4/5
Guest starring with Pac on this track is Eminem, and The Outlawz. I expected Eminem to be annoying on this song, instead though, Em has toned himself down, and pays respect to Tupac with a tight verse (not uncommon for Eminem). The Outlawz as always pay valuable support to Pac.
4. Death Around The Corner - 4.5/5
A classic Tupac joint with the troubled one letting out his dark feelings about death. For many fans, these are Tupacs best songs, when he is rapping about lifes struggles and the fear of death. No doubt an easy topic to relate to for many young people in the modern world.
"Trying to keep it together, no one lives forever anyway Strugglin and strivin, my destiny's to die, Keep my finger on the trigger, no mercy in my eyes, In a ball of confusion, I think about my daddy, Madder than a motherf***er, they never shoulda had me"
5. Secretz Of War - 4/5
Tupac is not the greatest lyricist, flow wise, and this track examplify's this, but Tupac puts enough energy and character into his performance, that its hard not to enjoy each Pac performance. Of course The Outlawz kick well on this track as well, spitting some deep lyrics in between the gangsta title.
6. Runnin' (Dying To Live) - 4.5/5
'Biggie and Tupac for the first and last time'. I remember when i first heard this track on the Million Man March compilation (and later single). It was like a rap fans dream, the late great rappers together. Individually this song is neither one of there best, however, the two rapping together is such a rare feel, that it makes a tight track. This remix by Eminem, takes a few listens to like. At first the production feels messy (which it is), but after a few plays, the sampling helps give the song a great vibe.
7. Holler If Ya' Hear Me - 3.5/5
Early 90's hip hop, with that in your face energy, and political overtones, that flooded the genre during that time. I'm glad they have include tracks like this, that still hold up reasonably well today, certainlty lyrically anyway.
"Oh no, I won't turn tha other cheek
In case ya can't see us while we burn the other week
Now we gotta make it smash
How long will it last, till tha broke get more cash
Tell my young black males
Lifes a mess don't stress
8. Starin' Through My Rear View - 5/5
This Makeveli period track is nice. The production features an 80's sample, and the track oozes mood. Tupac spits deep introspective verses, once again iwth his Outlawz brethren. To think how many great hip hop songs he was able to record during such a short period.
9. Bury Me A G - 5/5
A personal favourite of mine 'Bury Me A G', is the sort of gangsta track that even non-fans of the genre couldn't hate. A funked out soul beat, with heart felt lyrics from Pac and his short lived crew Thug Life. This is from the underated 1994 album Thug Life - 'Volume 1', a joint that i heavily recommend. Nice.
10. Same Song - 4/5
History lesson time, apparently this is Tupac's first ever released song with 80's Hip Hop outfit Digital Undergound. I have never actually listend to this joint before, and am very greatful for its inclusion, not just because of its historical importance as far as Tupacs career is concerned, but also because this is still a funky track today. Tupac rhyming without the anger that would trademark his career, is also cool to hear.
11. Panther Power - 3/5
I don't know much about his track, however its politically charged rhymes, are in the same vain of 'The Message' or a Public Enemy song. Beat wise this joint hasn't aged gracefully, but the message is clear, not to mention that its a tribute to Tupac's mom, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur. Tupac sounds very young on this joint.
"As real as it seems the American Dream
Ain't nothing but another calculated schemes
To get us locked up shot up back in chains
To deny us of the future rob our names
Kept my history of mystery but now I see
The American Dream wasn't meant for me
Cause lady liberty is a hypocrite she lied to me
Promised me freedom, education, equality
Never gave me nothing but slavery"
12. Str8 Ballin - 4.5/5
Another gansta track from the Thug Life album. This is pure West Coast funk, in the vain of Ice Cube or Dr. Dre. This one is remixed, and done very well, to keep much of the original feel intact. A great joint.
13. Rebel Of The Underground - 3/5
One of Tupacs original tracks form his debut album '2Pacalypse Now'. The young Pac spits battle inspired rhymes, even than with a political edge, to a jazzy beat. Tupac sounds a little like Ice Cube, as he sprays some young black teenage rage.
14. The Realist Killaz - 2/5
One of the soundtracks posthumous Tupac joints, featuring Tupac and the current king of gangsta rap 50 Cent. I'm not sure what Tupac would of thought of 50 Cent (or Eminem for that matter), unfortunately he doesn't get a say. A pounding beat is the back drop as Tupac drops some gangsta rhymes (not his best i might add), and 50 Cent mumbles his way through as normal. An average track all round, and easily this compilations worst. 50 Cent rapping next to Tupac, really highlights the flaws in 50's current flow. If Pac had to rap with a modern MC, i think a Jay-Z or an Xzibit would of been a better pick.
This is actually a fantastic compliation of Tupacs career, spanning his early years, the makeveli period, and some 'newer' posthumous material. The remixed tracks are done well, not taking away from Tupacs message. The only weak track was the uninventive last joint with 50 Cents, but that can be forgiven, as 50 Cents name may help bring the Pac legend to a whole new generation of Hip Hop fans.
The strongest point of this compilation, is that it gives a strong picture of Tupac's whole career, the Digital Underground days, pre Death Row, and during his time under Suge Knight. This gives fans not just a greater feel for Tupac, but also how and where Hip Hop has come from. A Hip Hop education through the short life of one MC, i could say.
So this is well worth your dollars, whether you already own every one of the million Tupac albums in the record shop, or are new to the Pac phenomena. Contrary to some, Tupac isn't coming back from the dead, but this soundtrack is the next best thing.
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