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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits By Perhaps The All-Time Greatest Rapper, 30 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: 2Pac - Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
2Pac's Greatest Hits is a 25 track collection of songs recorded between 1990 and Tupac Shakur's untimely death in September 1996. All the good ones are in there, all the way from his early days at Amaru Records right the way through to his title of 'biggest selling name in rap'at the infamous Death Row Records. From the balladic 'Brenda's Got A Baby','Keep Ya Head Up', and the US number 1 'Dear Mama', which express the slain rapper's more caring and sensitive sides, to the more aggressive and controversial 'Hit Em Up'(a personal tirade of abuse on Biggie Smalls, a man whom he believed had him set up for a shooting a year before he recorded the song with the Outlawz), and '2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted'(a flamboyant and cocky collaboration with fellow Death Row associate Snoop Doggy Dogg), the album shows constant lyrical brilliance and backbeat flow. Although most of these tracks are indeed the greatest hits, i feel there are a couple missing. Both the rebellious 'Holler If Ya Hear Me', and the reminiscant 'Pour Out A Little Liquor'are missing from the selection, which have made way for suspect non-released material such as 'God Bless The Dead', and 'Unconditional Love'. But minus the somewhat questionable track selection from the Amaru/Death Row production, they do have the classics. The collaborations with KC and Jojo in 'How Do You Want It'and 'Toss It Up'are superb, as are the two possibly most popular works of his, 'California Love'with Dr Dre, and 'Changes', which are all included. Perhaps another arguable addition to the double-CD compilation, is 'Heartz Of Men', a track produced by DJ Quik which to me fails to meet the standards of the other cuts on the album. 2Pac : Greatest Hits would be a 5-star album if some of the track selection was slightly altered, and the constant posthumous releases such as 'R U Still Down (Remember Me?)'and 'Until The End Of Time'had not contained songs which may have overshadowed some of those on the greatest hits. But overall, Greatest Hits is brilliant and brings onto one collection the greats from the albums '2Pacalypse Now', 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z', 'Thug Life'(the superb self-entitled album from Tupac's first group, from this album, the emotional 'How Long Will They Mourn Me?', a heart-felt tribute to his deceased best friend Kato, and group collaboration with Mack 10, Warren G, and Nate Dogg, was lifted onto the Greatest Hits), 'Me Against The World', 'All Eyez On Me'(Tupac's first Death Row album and the album from which the most tracks are lifted), and 'Makaveli Tha Don Killuminati : The 7 Day Theory'. This album far surpasses the Notorious B.I.G's 'Life After Death'effort, and is a must for all Tupac Shakur fans and rap fans in general
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