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Album Review

More prolific dead than alive (well, not really, but the amount of records issued by the Californian rapper after September 13, 1996, far outweigh the number issued before), 2Pac has — mostly thanks to his mother, Afeni Shakur — come out with another release, ten years after his death. Despite the fact that Pac's Life claims to be comprised of all (minus one verse) previously unheard material, most of the rhymes on the album have been floating around the Internet or on unofficial (and possibly illegal) bootlegs for some time now, which makes listening a little anticlimactic. This isn't to say that there is not some great material on Pac's Life, because there is ("Watch and bear witness to the pleasures of participation/Separation and self-destruction, what's needed is unification," he spits in "Whatz Next"), but the power of 2Pac's words is often lost behind the modern production (from Sha Money XL and L.T. Hutton, among others) and new verses from artists like Ludacris, Lil Scrappy, Ashanti, and Young Buck. It's understandable that Ms. Shakur and her collaborators want to continue to promote 2Pac and his music in the world, and that one way of going about this could be by modernizing the beats, but unfortunately it doesn't quite work here, and everything ends up sounding a bit commercialized, and a bit dull. There are still some bright spots on Pac's Life — he was too talented, and recorded so much to have it be otherwise — that could be of some interest to fans, and keep the album from being a total loss: "Don't Sleep" has a nice soft intensity, while the single "Untouchable" (produced and remixed by Swizz Beatz and featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) has a great, catchy hook, and "Soon as I Get Home" is fantastic, probably the best track on the album, mostly because the original production by QDIII hasn't been changed at all; but still, this isn't enough to make the album good. All in all, Pac's Life is a nice attempt, but it comes nowhere close to showing off his talent as something like All Eyez on Me or Me Against the World does, and ends up being kind of disappointing because of that.

Customer Reviews

a tarnished legacy

PLEASE stop putting people Pac never knew on his songs and please use the orginal beats he recorded them on. The producers on this cd might help to sell more copys but the TRUE fans want to hear the gritty orginal versions! I am a true fan and have heard the Pac's life and playa cardz right org. recordings they are much better! And keep em away from Pac's music!

You have got to be kidding me...

Listen, I know as well as all of you that Pac is a classic and one of the best ever to grace the mic. If you listen to these songs, he spits fire on the tracks. But it's hard to concentrate on his crazy lyrics when annoying, poppish, mainstream beats are blaring in the background. This is like mixing Illmatic with the beats from Dem Franchize Boyz; it just doesn't work. This is far worse than Biggie's CD. Please, either leave Pac alone or give him some good beats for his lyrics to spill over. R.I.P.

Good CD, but not a 2Pac classic

Afeni Shakur should have left the original songs the way they were. All the songs, except "Soon as I Get Home" have be modified from its orginal version. 1. Untouchable (Remix) - One of the best songs on the album, but the orginal is over six minutes long and will probably never get released. 2.Pac's Life - Awesome song, but the last verese is from Better Dayz, "This Life I Lead." 3. Dumpin - Orginally from Daz's album, has improved a bit. 4. Playa Cardz Right (Female) - The Orginal is way better. 5. Whatz Next - The Orginal is also better, because it contained the Outlawz. 6. Sleep - Good song, but orginally was with Daz and was better. 7. International - Decent, orginal version was with Greg Nice, Lil' Kim & Snoop Dogg. 8. Don't Sleep - Never heard this song before. 9. Soon as I get Home - Love it, probably because it is the only song that wasn't changed. 10. Playa Cardz Right (Male) - Better than the Female version, but no where near the Orginal. 11. Don't Stop - Never heard this song neither. I think this is a orginal just for the fact that it contains most of the orginal Outlawz. 12. Pac's Life (Remix) - I like the Snoop verse, but the Ashanti chorus should've went to this version as well. 13. Untouchable - The beat doesn't compare to the Remix in song 1. 14. Dear Mama (Remix) - Only available through itunes.


Born: June 16, 1971 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

2Pac became the unlikely martyr of gangsta rap, and a tragic symbol of the toll its lifestyle exacted on urban black America. At the outset of his career, it didn't appear that he would emerge as one of the definitive rappers of the '90s -- he started out as a second-string rapper and dancer for Digital Underground, joining only after they had already landed their biggest hit. But in 1991, he delivered an acclaimed debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, and quickly followed with a star-making performance in...
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