Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Busby's Underrated/Favorite/Hated 2Pac Albums

It's been 15 years since the passing of Afeni's baby boy, and his legacy is still alive and strong. With the combination of his studio and posthumous albums, 2Pac left over 15 albums worth of material that lasted over the past 2 decades and he became the highest selling hip-hop artist of all time. With the anniversary of his death, I am gonna give my opinion about my favorite 2Pac albums from before he died and my favorite 2Pac after he died. Also I am gonna give my opinion on his most underrated album, that I felt more people should have checked out and I am gonna give my opinion on what 2Pac should have NEVER seen the light of day...

Favorite Album (Before Death): Makaveli-The Don Killiminati: The 7 Day Theory

Busby's Opinion: This will go down as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. It was his last album before he died, and this dude went out with a blaze of glory. From track 1 to track 12 Pac left his final letter to the world screaming "Thug Life and fuck everybody in my way!!". The eeriness of this album is what makes this album just as special. With tracks like Hail Mary & Blasphemy the album plays like you are reading a haunting death letter. Gives love to his city (To Live & Die in L.A.) and the ladies (Toss It Up & Just Like Daddy), and a middle finger to his enemies (Bomb 1st & Against All Odds). What I find crazy about this album too is how he made this album in EXACTLY 7 days (3 days to record & 4 days to mix). I also find it funny that he was dissing Biggie, Dre, Hov, Nas, & Mobb Deep all on ONE track. Makaveli was 2Pac's final message to everybody before he left our world (or to a island), and he went out with a blaze of glory, literally, the last thing you hear on the album are gun shots and explosions. If the album was a movie, Bishop would watch it for inspiration on how to take his destiny in his own hands..

Honorable Mention: Me Against The World

Favorite Album (After Death): R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
Busby's Opinion:One of the only posthumous albums that still gets spins from me. From what I read somewhere, Afeini said that 2Pac intended to release this album around the time after Me Against The World. The double disc does have some hits on there like I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto & Do 4 Love (Which is one of my favorite Pac songs of all time). He had some sleeper hits on here too like I Get Money & When I Get Free. The raw emotion was still there too where Pac laid out his frustration with society on songs like Hellrazor and I'm Losin' It. This was a very solid album in my opinion and I rarely skip a track, when I turn it on I play it ALL the way through.

Honorable Mention: Better Dayz & Loyal To The Game (fuck what y'all say Em did a good job with production on the album)

Most Underrated Album: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Busby's Opinion:Pac's sophomore album that is in my opinion CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED. Oh my God, there were SOO many bangers on this album it's not even funny! From Holler If You Hear Me to Souljah's Revenge to Last Wordz with Ice Cube & Ice T, this album showed how much 2Pac grew as an artist. He let out his anger towards crooked cops and screamed out how you can't keep a black man down no matter what you do. You can't forget about the hoe anthem I Get Around, the pro woman anthem of Keep Your Head Up, and the "Fuck my father" anthem of Papa'z Song. Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z is an album that more people should listen to, there really are some gems in there..real talk

Honorable Mention: Thug Life: Volume 1

Worst Album: Pac's Life

With the exception of ONE track (the Swizz Beatz produced Untouchable) this album was nothing more then 2Pac: Duets. There was not ONE solo Pac joint on here, they were all recycled verses that they just copied and pasted to new beats and just put mainstream artist to make a few dollars. Damn near everybody on that album had a forgettable verse and that God awful Pac's Life song was terrible, the original was WAAAY better. IDK why the estate signed off on that bullshit, I bet it disappointed a majority of the Pac fans knowing that Pac had alot more original material that has let to see the light of day (or in better quality). Hopefully Afeni releases another posthumous album filled with original content and NO features from mainstream artist like Weezy or Rick Ross or Drake or motherfucking Wakka Flocka...

Dishonorable Mention: ANYTHING that Suge Knight released after Pac's death..

and there you have it...my favorite/underrated/least favorite 2Pac albums...now I hope y'all don't get booty tickled..this is just MY opinion...

2Pac was one of the Greatest Of All Time...there is NO denying this..he set the blueprint on how to become a legend in hip-hop. He became the hip-hop Jesus that died for all these rappers sins (I.E. Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Em, etc). There will never be another like him, and he will NEVER be forgotten. Until then Pac, we will see ya at Thugz Mansion.

Thug Life Bitch!

~~Mr. Busby~~

1 comment:

  1. Strictly 4 My Niggaz will forever be my all time favorite album from Pac..... Full of aggression and energy front to back, This is the Pac i miss so much !!!!!