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Eminem so wanted to work on a posthumous 2Pac album that he personally wrote to Afeni Shakur and agreed to forego his usual salary. Em’s dedication and love for Pac is what separates Loyal to the Game from previous posthumous albums, which were overseen by Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Em brings to the project a fan’s respect as well as a rapper’s knowledge of how to maximize Pac’s old vocal tracks. On “Crooked N***a Too” he provides a slow, staccato beat to complement Pac’s rapid-fire verses. “The Uppercut,” “Out On Bail” and “N.I.G.G.A.” use beats that tune directly into the rhythm of Tupac’s rhymes and accomplish what every posthumous project has aimed for — to make Tupac’s presence felt, and not simply conjure his ghost. Eminem’s stealthy tracks give the album focus, but the last four tracks (overseen by guest producers) are comfort food for Pac fans. They offer the loose and soulful West Coast funk that was Pac’s signature during his lifetime. “Po N***a Blues,” with its buttery keyboards and cries from Ron Isley, is one of the most naturalistic Pac songs to appear since his death.

Customer Reviews

Messed Up

This album completely destroys 2pac's genius. Eminem sped up his raps to match other peoples flow, and it didn't work. The Song Ghetto Gospel is missing 70% of 2pac's actual rap. I have to respect it because it is 2pac, but Eminem ruined 2pac's indivdual style and tried to make it like his. If you're going to produce 2pac produce 2pac; dont mess up his stuff, it's disrespectful.

Pac deserves better

I wish people who had nothing to do with Pac when he was alive would quit messing with his music. 50 Cent isn't half the MC Pac was and he has no business on one of his CD's. Neither do half of the other bums that are on this CD. With every posthumous Pac album that comes out they continue to get worse. Either let someone else handle what's left of his music, or stop releasing it.

Tupac wouldn't be proud

Although the beats to these songs aren't horrible, and are actually pretty catching once you start listening to them, the album as a whole is a disgrace to Tupac's legacy. Most of Tupac's albums released after his death are actually very good as they let us hear some of Tupac's songs that were not released before his death. However, this one goes too far by actually inventing new songs and "copy-pasting" Tupac's lyrics in them. Eminem, eager to add his style to Tupac's legacy, tried to create completely new songs with new beats. This was acheived by "copy-pasting" Tupac's lyrics. In fact, in the song Ghetto Gospel, 60% of the lyrics are missing! Even worse, because Eminem could not match the beats to Tupac's voice, he sped it up and slowed it down at parts to make it match the beat. This "mutilation" of Tupac's voice makes the album sound artificial. Tupac's great music should not be changed or mutilated like it has been in this album. Eminem should respect Tupac for the music he made and he should not try to recreate it.


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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