Despite not being with us for nearly 25 years now, the life, legacy, and death of the great artist Tupac Shakur continue to be a constant topic of debate for his supporters, former colleagues, etc. No one can really oppose Shakur’s stunning influence over not only the hip-hop and rap scene but as well over the lives of millions of people around the world. Of course, his persona is so popular even today for another reason as well – there are still so many questions surrounding it. One of them is linked to the dozens of unheard songs that the legend managed to record before his untimely death.
It’s commonly known that Tupac’s genuine musical career only ever lasted for 5 years, which is incredibly short in comparison to those of numerous other legends of the music industry. Upon dissecting those 5 years we can further shorten that timescale to roughly 4 years, since, as we well know, Pac did spend nearly a year in prison in 1995. All that didn’t however discourage his amazing talent or prevent him from recording a supposed to be 700 tracks. What’s even more fascinating is that the bulk of those songs were recorded after Shakur got out of jail on October 12, 1995, up until being shot dead on the 7th of September 1996.
Many, who were around Tupac in that period, recall him as a genuine workaholic, claiming that the rapper would often go on to record as many as 3 songs a day. It’s almost as if he knew he had to hurry up because his time was running out. His workmanlike attitude was reflected also in a specific criteria Shakur set out to any fellow rapper, who wanted to make a collaboration track with Pac. The fallen legend made it feel like a race and whoever didn’t manage to record his verse in the time Shakur had recorded his own parts of the song, would be abolished from the project.
Now, years after his death, the names of unheard songs continue to come out, some of which have been confirmed by the Bomb1st forum administrator. Most of the songs were recorded by Pac between 1991 and 1994.
20 Drunken Styles
3 E40 & 2Pac tracks
6 Or 12
Ashes 2 Ashes
Bed Time Storiez
Black Starry Night (Alternate)
Brothaz ‘N Armz (with Thoroheadz)
Bury Me A G (Alternate Recording)
Can’t Touch This Part II
Changes (with Mouse Man)
Cheese (2Pac Version)
Crooked With The Crown
Danny Boy ft. 2Pac (Fly Fo Life Beat)
Death Around The Corner (Different Lyrics)
Death B4 Dishonor
Don’t Make Enemies (’96 Death Row)
Fade Me (Storm Verse)
Fuck The World (Alt. Recording 1, Circa ’93)
Fuck The World (Alt. Recording 2, Circa ’94)
Ghetto Gospel (MTV Version, with Kidz)
Ghetto Gospel (with Jesse)
Green Eggs And Ham
Hard On A Nigga (’94 Full Outro)
Here We Go
How Ya Livin’ (High)
If I Wasn’t High
In God’s Eyez
It Ain’t Easy
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Just Like Me (’94)
Kick Back, Smoke A Joint
Leave Us Kidz Alone
Love Ya Future
Make No Mistake
Married 2 The MOB
Mash On ‘Em
Me Against The World (Alt. Recording)
Mr. Middle Finger
My Babiez Mama
My Suicide Note
Niggaz Dyin’ Iz Killin’ Me
Niggaz Iz Like (’96 with Snoop Dogg)
Nothing Like Niggaz (’94)
Nothing To Lose (Bass Guitar Version)
Nothing To Lose (Mr. Middle Finger Version)
Nothing To Lose (Radio Version)
Old School (Alt. Recording)
Papa’z Song (Reference For Kidz)
Play Ya Cardz Right (Faith Evans)
Point The Finga (Alternate Lyrics)
Purple Grand Slam
R U Still Down? (Shock G Version with Stretch Intro)
Scared Straight (Earlier Version)
Sistaz Got To Have It
Something 2 Die 4 (Alternate Lyrics)
Still I Rise (’94)
Smile (AEOM Version)
Str8 Out Of Richtown
Sucka 4 Luv (Part II, Death Row)
The Power Of A Woman
The Streetz Got Ya Babiez
The World Is Mine
This One Is 4 The Suckaz
Thug 4 Life (Stretch Verse)
Thugz Get Lonely Too (First Recording Prod. Live Squad)
Thugz Get Recording (Alt. Recording III [not ’95 DR DAT version])
Too Tight/It’s Tight
Trapped (’92 Remix, Re-Recorded Verses)
Trapped (Ray Luv Recording)
Unused Death Row Era Diss Adlibs
Uppercut OG (Stretch Vocals)
Who Do Ya Luv (Alt. Recording)
Who Do Ya Luv (Biggie Verse)
Wycked And The Mouse Man
XYZ (Refrence for Kidz)
Young Black Male (Unheard/OG Version)
Rapper Gonzoe, who is best known as the affiliate of hip-hop icons Ice Cube and the late Tupac Shakur, was tragically murdered at a gas station in West Seattle reportedly on Friday, July 30. The Los Angeles rap veteran was shot and killed at the crime scene. He was 45. Gonzoe was active in West Coast Hip Hop for more than 25 years. He was part of Kausion and The Regime, and dropped more than 10 solo albums.
The motive behind the shooting is yet to be revealed but it is reported that the alleged shooter got away in a vehicle after firing at the rapper.
WHITE CENTER, Wash. – A man has died after a shooting Thursday evening in White Center, King County sheriff’s officials confirmed.
Deputies and medics responded to the scene, near the Safeway grocery and Roxy’s Casino in the 2800 block of SW Roxbury Street, at about 8 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.
An injured man was found at the scene. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in very critical condition. Doctors were unable to save him, and he died of his injuries at the hospital. source: komonews.com
Gonzoe was also on good terms with Tupac when he was alive as a member of the Outlawz.
Tupac recorded two songs with Gonzoe
The last IG post
Former Death Row Records music producer, Darryl Harper, continued with his fascinating stories, regarding his time as part of the infamous label company. In his latest tale on the “Art of Dialogue” Youtube channel he returned to his first weeks as part of Death Row, describing how Suge Knight threatened to kick his ass if he didn’t produce a hit single soon enough. Luckily, Harper managed to impress everyone with his new song, including rap legends 2Pac and MC Hammer.
Later in the video, Harper confirmed that Hammer was actually a very down-to-earth guy, who’s persona was quite different from what people commonly think. The ex-producer finished off by rubbishing some of Kurt Kobane’s, another former Death Row producer, claims in a previous video interview on the channel. It’s fair to say that Harper was quite angry with some of Kobane’s words.
In another intriguing face-to-face video on “Art of Dialogue” Youtube channel former Death Row producer Darryl Harper lifts the lid on the violent nature of Suge Knight’s ruling over the proceedings in the company. Harper recalls multiple scenes where Knight would start beating up members of the label at meetings after they had supposedly messed up. He even explained how Suge had made Kevin Lewis stand in the corner of his office as punishment.
Bad-tempered encounters weren’t a specialty only on Knight’s part, however. The ex-producer recalled the time when Tupac was furious with Sam Sneed for inviting only New York-based rappers in the shooting of a music video for one of Sneed’s songs. Harper remembers Sam trying to run as Pac would continue to punch away at his colleague.
Former Death Row producer, Darryl Harper, opened up on one of the gossip stories of Tupac’s wild love life – his relationship with non-other than Biggie Smalls’ wife Faith Evans. According to stories both had an intimate bond, which of course, was a secret that had to be kept away from the public eye. It was Harper, however, who would go on and catch the loved ones going about their business inside one of Death Row’s studios. The producer describes it as quite a spicy scene.
Speaking on the “Art of Dialogue” Youtube channel Harper recalled an interesting story, about a time when he was tempted to go and meet The Notorious B.I.G in person and tell him about the producer’s admiration towards his music. Darryl admits that he would be getting many uncomfortable looks from his Death Row compatriots if he had done so. You can find these and more stories in the video.
Former Death Row producer, Darryl Harper, sat down on the “Art of Dialogue” Youtube channel to reveal some interesting stories, regarding his work with 2Pac on the infamous “Makaveli” album. Harper spoke in detail about the way songs like “Krazy”, “Life of an Outlaw” and “Me and my girlfriend” came about.
The ex-producer shed some light on his reaction to the news of Tupac’s death, saying that he went to write a song, called “Farewell” in tribute to the fallen legend. He recalled playing the song to the entire Death Row entourage.
Harper also confirmed that he felt joining Death Row would prove to be Shakur’s downfall, even if the producer admits that he greatly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Pac in person.
Former Death Row Records producer, Darryl Harper, shed some insight on the way he became part of the company, as well as going into detail about some of the relationships between the stars within Death Row. Harper believes Snoop Dogg didn’t quite realize that he would soon have to play second fiddle to Pac, upon talking up to Suge Knight to get the fallen legend on the music company’s books.
The ex-producer says that Tupac wouldn’t allow being the №2 artist, within the company and would quickly solidify his spot, overtaking Snoop as the main man. Notably, that was a major shock for Dogg, who was one of the establishers of Death Row. Amid growing tension within, Harper recalls hearing Suge Knight begs Pac to be fully respectful towards Snoop, regardless of Shakur’s success.