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01. 2Pac – Holler If Ya Hear Me – Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…

01. Holler If Ya Hear Me


Producer : Stretch


Lyric :

Aww yeah, uhh, uhh
Holla if ya hear me, yeah!

[Verse One]
Here we go, turn it up, let’s start
From block to block we snatchin hearts and jackin marks
And the punk police can’t fade me, and maybe
We can have peace someday G
But right now I got my mind set up
Lookin down the barrel of my nine, get up
Cause it’s time to make the payback fat
To my brothers on the block better stay strapped, black
And accept no substitutes
I bring truth to the youth tear the roof off the whole school
Oh no, I won’t turn the other cheek
In case ya can’t see us while we burn the other week
Now we got him in a smash, blast
How long will it last ’til the po’ gettin mo’ cash
Until then, raise up!
Tell my young black males, blaze up!
Life’s a mess don’t stress, test
I’m givin but be thankful that you’re livin, blessed
Much love to my brothers in the pen
See ya when I free ya if not when they shove me in
Once again it’s an all out scrap
Keep your hands on ya gat, and now ya boys watch ya back
Cause in the alleys out in Cali I’ma tell ya
Mess with the best and the vest couldn’t help ya
Scream, if ya feel me; see it clearly?
You’re too near me –

[Chorus]
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”

[Verse Two]
Pump ya fists like this
Holla if ya hear me – PUMP PUMP if you’re pissed
To the sell-outs, livin it up
One way or another you’ll be givin it up, huh
I guess cause I’m black born
I’m supposed to say peace, sing songs, and get capped on
But it’s time for a new plan, BAM!
I’ll be swingin like a one man, clan
Here we go, turn it up, don’t stop
To my homies on the block gettin dropped by cops
I’m still around for ya
Keepin my sound underground for ya
And I’ma throw a change up
Quayle, like you never brought my name up
Now my homies in the backstreets, the blackstreets
They fell me when they rollin in they fat jeeps
This ain’t just a rap song, a black song
Tellin all my brothers, get they strap on
And look for me in the struggle
Hustlin ’til other brothers bubble –

[Chorus]
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!

[Verse Three]
Will I quit, will I quit?
They claim that I’m violent, but still I keep
representin, never give up, on a good thing
Wouldn’t stop it if we could it’s a hood thing
And now I’m like a major threat
Cause I remind you of the things you were made to forget
Bring the noise, to all my boyz
Know the real from the bustas and the decoys
And if ya hustle like a real G
Pump ya fists if ya feel me, holla if ya hear me
Learn to survive in the nine-tre’
I make rhyme pay, others make crime pay
Whatever it takes to live and stand
Cause nobody else’ll give a damn
So we live like caged beasts
Waitin for the day to let the rage free
Still me, till they kill me
I love it when they fear me –

[Chorus]
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”

[2Pac] You’re too near me, to see it clearly

[repeat 4x]
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”

[repeat 2X]
“Hard!” .. “Tellin you to hear it, the rebel” – P.E.
“Tellin you to hear it..”

“Hard!” .. “The rebel”
“Hard!” .. “The rebel”

[repeat 12X to fade]
[2Pac] Holla if ya hear me!
“Hard!” .. “The rebel”


Samples :

“Do It Any Way You Wanna” by People’s Choice
“Get Off Your Ass and Jam” by Funkadelic
“Atomic Dog” by George Clinton
“Rebel Without a Pause” by Public Enemy


2Pac – Until The End Of Time [Official Album], March 27, 2001

2Pac – Until The End Of Time (CD 1)

Front

01. Ballad Of A Dead Soulja [0:04:15.62] 02. Fuck Friendz [0:05:19.93] 03. Lil’ Homies [0:03:43.97] 04. Let ‘Em Have It (feat. SKG) [0:04:53.33] 05. Good Life (feat. Big Syke & E.D.I. Of The Outlawz) [0:04:17.06] 06. Letter 2 My Unborn [0:03:55.33] 07. Breathin’ (feat. The Outlawz) [0:04:04.93] 08. Happy Home [0:03:56.60] 09. All Out (feat. The Outlawz) [0:05:32.60] 10. Fuckin’ Wit The Wrong Nigga [0:03:37.53] 11. Thug N U Thug N Me (Remix) (feat. KC & Jojo) [0:04:11.96] 12. Everything They Owe [0:03:07.86] 13. Until The End Of Time (feat. R.L.) [0:04:26.90] 14. M.O.B. (feat. Thug Life & The Outlawz) [0:05:01.09] 15. World Wide Mob Figgaz (feat. The Outlawz) [0:04:37.90]

2Pac – Until The End Of Time (CD 2)

01. Big Syke Interlude [0:01:45.80] 02. My Closest Roaddogz [0:04:04.73] 03. Niggaz Nature (Remix) (feat. Lil’ Mo) [0:05:04.13] 04. When Thugz Cry [0:04:22.49] 05. U Don’t Have 2 Worry (feat. The Outlawz) [0:05:07.60] 06. This Ain’t Livin’ [0:03:41.77] 07. Why U Turn On Me [0:03:32.56] 08. Lastonesleft (feat. The Outlawz) [0:03:59.66] 09. Thug N U Thug N Me (feat. KC & JoJo) [0:04:29.26] 10. Words 2 My First Born (feat. Above The Law) [0:04:07.50] 11. Let ‘Em Have It (Remix) (feat. Left Eye) [0:04:25.26] 12. Runnin’ On E (feat. The Outlawz & Nutt-So) [0:05:37.89] 13. When I Get Free (feat. J. Valentine) [0:04:30.46] 14. Until The End Of Time (RP Remix) (feat. Richard Page) [0:04:27.60]


Unused Tracks :

Komradz (Johnny J Remix), featuring The Outlawz – unused original from “All Eyez On Me”.
Watch Ya’ Mouth (QDIII Remix) – unused original from “The Don Killumiinati: The 7Day Theory”.
Fade Me (Johnny J Remix) – unused original of, All Eyez On Me”
Until The End Of Time (Johnny J Remix) featuring Jon B
Still Ballin’ (Johnny J Remix) featuring Napoleon & Young Noble – Later remixed again in Better Dayz album (2002)
Everything They Owe (On-Beat Johnny J Remake)
Letter To My Unborn Child (Johnny J Remix) – unused original from, All Eyez On Me”
Thug N Me Thug N U (Johnny J Remix)
World Wide Mob Figgaz (Additional Chorus) featuring The Outlawz
Ballad Of The Dead Soulja (Johnny J Remix)
Ballad Of The Dead Soulja (Alternative Remix) featuring 6 Feet Deep


Released : March 27, 2001 / Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records, Interscope Records
Certified : US (RIAA) – 4× Platinum
Recorded : October 14, 1995 – July 16, 1996  (2Pac’s vocals)
2000-2001  (Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Formats : CD, Vinyl, Cassette, Longbox & Mini Disc
Length : 124:05 min.
Producer : Johnny “J”, QDIII, L.T. Hutton, Mike Mosley, Hurt-M-Badd, Kurt Couthan


Singles :

Until the End of Time” – Released: February 18, 2001
Letter 2 My Unborn” – Released: June 5, 2001


Review : 

”Until the End of Time” is the seventh and fourth posthumous studio album released from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, following his previous post-humous albums “The Don Killuminati The 7 Day Theory“, “R U Still Down (Remember Me)” and “Still I Rise“.


Samples :

Ballad of a Dead Soulja” – samples of “Little Child Running Wild” by Curtis Mayfield
Letter 2 My Unborn” –  samples of “Liberian Girl” by Michael Jackson[24] “Until the End of Time” –  samples of “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister
When Thugz Cry” –  samples of “Fragile” by Sting


Gallery :

2Pac & Outlawz – Still I Rise [Official Album], December 21, 1999

2Pac & Outlawz –  Still I Rise

Still I Rise Front

Tracklist & Producers:

Click for Lyrics & Samples

01 Letter To The President – Feat.: Syke, Producer : QD III
02 Still I Rise – Producer – Johnny J
03 Secretz Of War – Producer : Johnny J
04 Baby Don’t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up) – Producer : 2Pac , Soulshock & Karlin
05 As The World Turns – Producer : Darryl Harper
06 Black Jesuz – Producer : 2Pac , L Rock Ya
07 Homeboyz – Producer : Daz Dillinger
08 Hell 4 A Hustler – Producer : Damon Thomas
09 High Speed – Producer : Darryl Harper
10 The Good Die Young – Producer : Darryl Harper
11 Killuminati – Feat.: Qierra Davis-Martin; Producer : Tony Pizarro
12 Teardrops And Closed Caskets – Feat.: Nate Dogg , Val Young; Producer – QD III
13 Tattoo Tears – Producer : Kurupt
14 U Can Be Touched – Producer : Johnny J
15 Y’All Don’t Know Us – Producer : Quimmy Quim , Reef


Released : UK – December 13, 1999; US – December 21, 1999 / Interscope Records
Certified : US (RIAA) – Platinum
Recorded : October 19, 1995 – August 12, 1996 (2Pac’s vocals)
1998-1999 (Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Formats : CD, Vinyl, Cassette & Mini Disc
Length : 72:45 min.
Producer : Tony Pizarro, Daz, Johnny “J”, Kurupt, QDIII, Quimmy Quim, Soulshock, Damon Thomas, 2Pac, Mr Lee


Singles :

Baby Don’t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)” – Released: October 28, 1999


Review : 

Still I Rise is an album by 2Pac and the Outlawz which is released as the third posthumous studio album of 2Pac, and the first album by Outlawz as a group. The album excludes some of the original line up of Outlawz and Hussein Fatal, who had left the group as he had refused to sign to Death Row. The album contains all previously unreleased, albeit remixed material. It was released on December 21, 1999, by Interscope Records, under the Death Row label.


Gallery : 

2Pac – Greatest Hits [Official Album], November 24, 1998

2Pac – Greatest Hits

Greatest hits

Disc One

Click for Lyrics, Producers & Samples

1. Keep Ya Head Up (from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/1993)
2. 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
3. Temptations (from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995)
4. God Bless the Dead (previously unreleased)
5. Hail Mary (from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996)
6. Me Against the World (from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995)
7. How Do U Want It? (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version) (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
8. So Many Tears (from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995)
9. Unconditional Love (previously unreleased)
10. Trapped (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version) (from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/1991)
11. Life Goes On (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
12. Hit ‘Em Up (previously released as a single)

Disc Two

1. Troublesome ’96 (previously unreleased)
2. Brenda’s Got a Baby (from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/1991)
3. I Ain’t Mad at Cha (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
4. I Get Around (from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/1993)
5. Changes (previously unreleased)
6. California Love (Original Version) (from All Eyez on Me (UK version), 2/13/1996)
7. Picture Me Rollin (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
8. How Long Will They Mourn Me? (from Thug Life: Volume 1, 9/26/1994)
9. Toss It Up (A new mix with some altered lyrics) (from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996)
10. Dear Mama (from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995)
11. All About U (Altered from the original album version) (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)
12. To Live & Die in L.A. (from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996)
13. Heartz of Men (from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996)


Released : November 24, 1998 Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records, Interscope Records & Virgin
Certified : US (RIAA) – Diamond – June, 2011
Recorded : 1991–1996
Formats : CD, Cassette & Vinyl
Length : 114:43 min.
Producer : Afeni Shakur (exec.), Dr. Dre, Tony Pizarro, Big D the Impossible, David Blake, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Daryl, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ramone “Pee Wee” Gooden, Johnny “J”, Suge Knight, Live Squad, Reggie Moore, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac


Singles :

Changes” – Released: October 13, 1998
Unconditional Love” – Released: January 26, 1999


Review : 

Greatest Hits is a double-disc greatest hits album for late rapper 2Pac, released by Amaru/Death Row/Jive/Interscope Records in 1998. This is one of 2Pac’s two albums—and one of only nine hip hop albums—to have been certified Diamond in the United States.

The album’s non-chronological sequence highlights 2Pac’s career; the 21 popular hits, some slightly re-edited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: the dead friends tribute “God Bless the Dead“, the dedication song “Unconditional Love“, the tough talk “Troublesome ’96“, and the album’s single “Changes” also helped earn 2Pac the first and only posthumous Grammy Award nomination since for Best Rap Solo Performance.


Gallery :

2Pac – R U Still Down? [Remember Me] [Official Album], November 25, 1997

2Pac – R U Still Down? [Remember Me]

R U Still Down front

Tracklists

Click for Lyrics, Producers & Samples

Disc One
1. Redemption (Intro)
2. Open Fire
3. R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
4. Hellrazor
5. Thug Style
6. Where Do We Go From Here (Interlude)
7. I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto
8. Nothing To Lose
9. I’m Gettin’ Money
10. Lie To Kick It
11. Fuck All Y’all
12. Let Them Thangs Go
13. Definition Of A Thug Nigga

Disc Two
1. Ready 4 Whatever
2. When I Get Free
3. Hold On Be Strong
4. I’m Losin’ It
5. Fake Ass Bitches
6. Do For Love
7. Enemies With Me
8. Nothin’ But Love
9. 16 On Death Row
10. I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (Hip-Hop Version)
11. When I Get Free II
12. Black Starry Night (Interlude)
13. Only Fear Of Death


Released : November 25, 1997 Amaru Entertainment, Jive Records, Interscope Records
Certified : Gold – December 15, 1997; Platinum – December 15, 1997, 4x Platinum – December 15, 1997
Recorded : 1992–1994
Formats : CD, Cassette
Length : 102:40 min
Producer : Afeni Shakur (exec.), Lisa Smith-Putnam (exec.), Tony Pizarro, Akshun, Choo, Def Jef, DJ Daryl, Warren G, Khalid A. Hafiz, Johnny “J”, Laylaw, Live Squad, Levant Marcus, Michael Mosley, QDIII, Quimmy Quim, Chris Rosser, Conrad Rosser, Ricky Rouse, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac


Singles :

 I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto” – Released: August 26, 1997
Do for Love” – Released: February 24, 1998


Review : 

As more of the original songs are leaked, it has become evident that many of the album’s tracks were true to the originals, simply mastering and perfecting the original instrumentals and vocals. Songs like: “Hold On Be Strong”, “Nothin’ But Love”, “Nothing To Lose”, “Only Fear Of Death”, “When I Get Free II”, “Open Fire” are true to the originals. Those with fundamentally similar compositions include “Lie 2 Kick It”, “I’m Gettin’ Money” and “Thug Style”. Tracks with completely new instrumentation include “Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto”, “Hellrazor” and “Enemies With Me”.

Definition of a Thug Nigga” also appears on the soundtrack of the 1993 film, Poetic Justice.


Gallery : 

1993-11-18 / Tupac Was Arrested For Sexually Assaulting

November 18, 1993 - Tupac Arrested
November 18, 1993 - Tupac Arrested "JACOBSON MITCH PHOTOGRAPHE" "SHAKUR TUPAC A PROPOS" "MORT A PROPOS" ASSASSINAT MUSIQUE RAP AUTOMOBILE INTERIEUR "SE PARLANT ATTITUDE" "CAMERAMAN FONCTION" "JOURNALISTE FONCTION" "PHOTOGRAPHE FONCTION" "IMAGE NUMERISEE" INTERVIEW
November 18, 1993 – Tupac Arrested
“JACOBSON MITCH PHOTOGRAPHE” “SHAKUR TUPAC
A PROPOS” “MORT A PROPOS” ASSASSINAT
MUSIQUE RAP AUTOMOBILE INTERIEUR “SE
PARLANT ATTITUDE” “CAMERAMAN FONCTION”
“JOURNALISTE FONCTION” “PHOTOGRAPHE
FONCTION” “IMAGE NUMERISEE” INTERVIEW

Just 18 days after being arrested in Atlanta for allegedly shooting two off-duty Police officers, Tupac, while in New York for the filming of the movie ‘Above The Rim’, is arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19 year old woman (Ayanna Jackson) in his $750-a-night, 38th floor Parker Meridien Hotel suite.

See also : The Rape Case: Ayanna Jackson’s Story

Tupac had been introduced to Ayanna Jackson four days earlier (November 14, 1993) while at a downtown New York nightclub (Nell’s) with Haitian Jack and King Tut. Eyewitnesses say Ayanna Jackson engaged in oral sex with Tupac on the dance floor of the club before going back to his Hotel room and engaging is consensual oral and vaginal sex (“We had oral and vaginal sexual intercourse several times” -Ayanna Jackson).

See also : Tupac’s Shooting New York 1994

The next day Ayanna Jackson called and left various sexually explicit messages on Tupac’s voicemail.. Tupac’s attorney Michael Warren charged law enforcement officials with erasing those sexually explicit messages. (Michael Warren believed police intelligence were targeting Tupac like they did his mother Afeni Shakur)

Ayanna Jackson: Tupac’s Alleged Rape Victim & ”All Eyez On Me” Movie

Four days later, on November 18th, she returned to his hotel suite. (“Haitian Jack’s like, ‘I called her. I mean she called me, and she’s on her way.’ But I wasn’t thinking about her no second time” -Tupac) – They all watched television in the living room, and then she and Tupac went into the bedroom together. (“She’s making me uncomfortable, because instead of sitting with Haitian Jack and them, she’s sitting on the arm of my chair. And Haitian Jack and King Tut are looking at her like a chicken, like she’s, like, food. It’s a real uncomfortable situation. So i’m thinking, ok, I’m going to take her to the room and get a massage” -Tupac)

What ensued next is disputed; Jackson claims that she was forced to perform oral sex on Tupac while Haitian Jack partly undressed her and grabbed her from behind, and that they then made her perform oral sex on Jack’s friend (King Tut) while Tupac held her. (Man Man, she acknowledged, did not touch her.) Tupac claimed that he left the room when the other men entered and did not witness whatever happened. In any case, Jackson testified that she left the suite in tears and that Haitian Jack told her to calm down, saying that he “would hate to see what happened to Mike [Tyson] happen to Tupac”: that is, a woman charging him with sexual assault, which is what Jackson promptly did. She summoned the hotel’s security officers, who called the police. Tupac, Man Man, and Jack were arrested (King Tut left)

Many believe that the rape case came about because of the police shooting case in Atlanta. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac’s step-Father and political prisoner is convinced that Tupac became a lightning rod after he shot the policemen in Atlanta. “These disenfranchised–the young blacks who are poor and hopeless–have no leader. Their heroes are cultural and sports heroes. No one–not Jesse Jackson, not Ben Chavis, not Louis Farrakhan–has as much influence with this segment as rappers. So when Tupac stands up to a white cop, shoots it out, wins the battle, gets cut free, and continues to say the things he’s been saying–the decision to destroy his credibility is clear.”

Charles Ogletree, Jr., a black attorney and professor at Harvard Law School, who represented Tupac on a number of cases in the last year of his life, notes that “people in law enforcement not only disliked Tupac but despised him. This wasn’t just a person talking, but someone who had generated a following among those who had problems with the police, and who spoke to them. He was saying, ”I understand your pain, I know the source of it, and I can tell you what to do about it.” Police officers knew him by name, Bob Dole mentioned him by name.”

See also : The Rape Case: Ayanna Jackson’s Story

See also : Tupac’s Shooting New York 1994

Ronald “Riskie” Brent – His First Meeting with Tupac

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Ronald “Riskie” Brent : One day, while I was in front of my house, I saw a line of ’64 Impalas driving down the street with different people from the Death Row entourage inside the cars. I noticed that one of those cars was the same black ‘64 Chevy that they used in Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” video and everyone was saying how it was Death Row’s CEO Suge Knight driving Dre’s ‘64. One day, my “cousin” Gina took my art book to Suge. He liked my drawings and told her he wanted to meet up with me. That meeting never happened.

Suge wasn’t the easiest guy to get a hold of, but I went to the Compton Swap Meet one day not long after that and there was a mob scene. 2Pac, Suge, and everybody was filming the California Love remix video there. I approached him. He said he remembered me and the artwork in my book and told me to get it. I was like, “you gonna be here when I get back?” and he told me he wasn’t going anywhere. I ran across the street to get my book and he was true to his word. He took it and walked me over to a white van. He opened the door of the van and inside was 2Pac and a bunch of girls. That was the first time I met 2Pac.

2Pac and Suge looked through my book. They liked what they saw, but I’ll never forget when 2Pac saw my drawing of Biggie. He made a gun with his hand, pointed it at the drawing, and yelled, “Boom! Boom! Why you paint him?” I didn’t even know 2Pac had a beef with Biggie at that time. So I told him, “I don’t know. I just paint, man.” Before Suge and I exchanged numbers, 2Pac said to Suge he wanted me to do something for his new joint with Snoop, “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” I’m not sure if I was supposed to do artwork for the single or for the video, but nothing ever came of it.

Few months later around mid-August 1996. I was in the back office I shared with Hen Dog at 9171 Wilshire Boulevard, which we had recently moved into. Hen Dog and I used to smoke weed back there all the time to keep our creative flow going. We would blow the smoke out of an open window. Norris Anderson [Suge’s brother-in-law], who was Death Row’s general manager at the time, called me into his office to tell me about a new assignment. He told me from the jump that “it’s gonna be something crazy.”

Apparently, Suge and 2Pac had a meeting and wanted me to paint 2Pac on the cross for the Makaveli album cover. The concept was all 2Pac’s. Norris said I needed to have a mock-up ready that evening for a Death Row staff meeting with Suge at Gladstone’s. I thought about it a bit, found a painting of Jesus Christ, and cut out a photo of Tupac’s face from the March 1996 issue of The Source to put on top of it. I showed it to Suge after the meeting and he said, “That’s it. Get to work.”.

A few days later, I went to see 2pac at Can-Am [Death Row’s recording studio in Tarzana]. I brought the unfinished canvas painting with me. The cross hadn’t been filled in yet. 2Pac asked me, “Yo, can you make the cross into a road map?” He told me the cities he wanted on there, where he wanted them, and that he wanted a compass on top of it to signify east to west. The compass was real important to him. He told me he felt that he had been crucified by certain cities and that he wanted to shout them out.

After our meeting, I cut up a Thomas Bros. map guide and pasted everything together. The holes in the map with lights coming through them were my idea. ‘Pac’s body and the background was all air-brushed. It was a real work of art. I went to his penthouse on Wilshire Boulevard the night before he got shot in Las Vegas [September 6, 1996]. He told me, “this shit is dope!” He loved it, raved about it for a few minutes. All of the Outlawz were there, too. That night 2Pac told me he was going to host a gallery showing of my artwork.

Death Row had already given me a budget of $5,000 for materials for it and everything. Unfortunately, because he died and Suge went to prison, that never happened. 2Pac also told me he wanted me to do artwork for his new house in Calabasas and for his penthouse. I’ll never forget that.

Tupac Labels

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Joshua’s Dream Corporation

This publishing company wasnamed by Tupac after meeting a terminally ill child named Joshua in 1993.


Euphanasia

Tupac had set up to develop movie projects and help finance such community-minded projects as a center for at-risk youth. It was co owned by Tupac, Yasmine and Molly. Tupac was listed as an employee of this company at the time of his murder.


Non-Stop Productions

Non-Stop Productions was a music production company that Tupac and Johnny “J” (Johnny Jackson) had together. After Tupac passed nothing else was released thru this company.


24-7 Productions.

Tracy, (Tracy Robinson) Gobi and Pac were partners in 24-7 Productions. Tupac had 60%, and Tracy and Gobi had 40% of the company. It was to do all filmed productions for Tupac.


Makaveli Records

Makaveli Records was to be Tupac’s record label distributed thru Suge Knights Death Row Records. Tupac adopted the moniker ‘Makaveli’ was influenced by Machiavelli, an Italian philosopher, author of The Prince.

The company logo is the name Makaveli with a crown on it and a sword through it, which is trademarked by Amaru Entertainment. The Makaveli Record logo is shown on the back cover of the 7 Day Theory.


Out Da Gutta Records

Out Da Gutta Records along with Interscope Records/Atlantic Recording Corporation released ‘Thug Life Volume 1’ and ‘Me Against The World’. (1994 and 1995)

After Tupac signed to Death Row Records this company did not release anything.


Thug Nation

Founded after Tupac’s death; Thug Nation is music production company connected to Tupac’s other publishing company’s. It is also a registered trademark owned by the Tupac estate.


Amaru Records

After the death of Tupac Shakur, his mother Afeni Shakur set up Amaru Records. Since they own all copyrights of Tupac’s unreleased work recorded under Death Row/Interscope, this is to be the outlet for new Tupac releases.

All rights to Tupac Shakurs music are now owned by Amaru Entertainment, which is controlled by his mother, Afeni Shakur Davis, and artist royalties are assigned to the Tupac Foundation, which Afeni has used the proceeds to build the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Songs Dedicated To Tupac (Tracklist)

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51.50 – Here 2Day,Gone 2Morrow
730 – Pass The Message
Assassin & Cisco – Holdin’ On
Assassin feat. Mopreme – All Eyez On Us
Bad Azz – The Last Time
Bay Area All Stars – The Song Continuez
Big Steve,Mista Luv,Rasir X&Devious(The Woss Ness) – Thugs Never Die
Big Syke feat. Thug Life – To Pac
Bizzy Bone – Life Goes On (Mr. Shakur)
Bizzy Bone – Losin’ You
Bizzy Bone – Thugz Cry
Bone Thugz N Harmony – Crime After Crime
Bootleg feat. Raskass – Sophisticated Thugs
C-Bo & Captain Save’Em – Still Ridin’
Crooked I – Dear Pac
Crooked I – All Eyez On Me (Freestyle)
Daz feat. Young Wee – Whatchu Talkin’ About
Dead Prez – It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop
DJ Quik – Youz A Gangsta
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat
Down Ass Niggaz feat. Tri – Dedication
Eastwood – Ride
Fatal Hussein – Makaveli Live On
Fatal Hussein – Everyday
Gary Gray – Don’t Leave Me
Guce & Killa Tay feat. Outlawz – Ridin’ For Pac
Gonzoe – Crime After Crime
Gonzoe – Smile
Heartless – Until The End Of Time
Ice-T – Valuable Game
Ja Rule – So Much Pain
Jagged Edge Feat. Sosa & Killa Mike – Pour A Little Liquor
Jerzey Mob – Tearz
Jue Lien – Flaw
K-Dee & Glock – Mo’ Chedda
Kurupt – The Tupac Amaru Tribute
Kurupt – 2Pac & Biggie Tribute (Freestyle)
Lil’ Black – I Ain’t Mad At You Pac
Linkin’ Park – Tupac & Notorious BIG Tribute
Lost Boyz – From My Family To Yours
Luniz – Oakland Raiders
Luniz – Why Do Thugs Die ?
Macadoshis – The Downest G
Mac Mall – Starry Night
Maino – Letter To Pac
Master P feat.Silkk The Shocker – I Miss My Homies
Master P – Is There A Heaven For A Gangsta ?
Master P – R.I.P Tupac
MC Hammer – Unconditional Love
Messy Marv – Neva Forget Feat. Outlawz (2Pac and Kadafi Tribute)
Money B feat. Clee & King San – Eyez On A Mill Ticket
Mopreme Shakur – Return Of The Outlaw
Mopreme Shakur – Till The End
Napoleon feat. Val Young & Johnny J – Never Forget
Nas – We Will Survive
Nas – Got Yourself A Gun
Nas – Keep Ya Head Up (Live Tribute)
Nate Dogg – Why
Naughty by Nature – Mourn You Till I Join You
Naughty by Nature – Hail Mary & Mourn You Till I Join You
Naughty By Nature Feat. Meth Man, Redman – Rock ‘N’ Roll
O Dawg – Bye Bye
Outlawz – Black Jesus 2
Outlawz – Did U Pray Today
Outlawz – Dont Stop
Outlawz – Young Niggaz Did U Pray Today
Outlawz & Presidential – R.I.P. Pac
Outlawz & Rondo – Ain’t Died In Vain
Pastor Troy – Dear Pac
Pudgee Tha Bastard – Angel Dust
Q-Tip – The Fear In The Heart Of A Man
Rappin’4-Tay – Playaz Dedication
Raskass & Eastwood – Articulate Thug
Rated R – R.I.P 2Pac (feat. Young Noble, EDI, P-S)
Richie Rich feat. Bo Roc – Do G’s Get To Go To Heaven ?
Rondo & Outlawz – Ain’t Died In Vain
Saafir – They Call Him Shaft (2Pac & Digital Underground Tribute)
Sanyika Shakur – Don’t Give A Fuck
Scarface – A Nigga Named Pac
Small E – 2 in the Sky
Smif ‘N’ Wessun – Fallen Rappers
Snoop Dogg & Kurupt – Story To Tell
South Central Cartel – Wake Me Up
Spice 1 – Gone With The Wind
Spice 1 – The Thug In Me
Spice 1 – Make Sure They Bleed
Stepchylde feat. Johnny J – Thinking Of You
Storm – Pain
T-Jay – Still
Teena Marie – Makaveli Never Lies
Templedom – It Aint Easy
Tha Dogg Pound feat. Coolio & Ital Joe – Dedication
The Game – Cocaine (Makaveli Tribute)
The Game – Troublesome (Tupac Tribute)
The Lost Boyz – From My Family To Yours
Tha Realest feat. Danny Boy & Jewell – Stand Strong
The Govener & The House Reps – Po Nigga Blues Tribute
The Wossness – A Thug Will Never Die
Thug Life – Keep ‘Em Runnin’
Toddy Tee – Gangster Boogie
Toddy Tee – If Your Friends Seen Me
Trapp Pac, Big & Eazy Tribute
Treach (of NBN) – Mourn You Till I Join You
TQ – Westside Till I Die
Typhoon – X-Change
Yukmouth – Still Ballin’
Yukmouth feat. Outlawz – Still Ballin’ (remix)
Yukmouth – Somebody Gonna Die 2nite

The Books Read by Tupac

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Written by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1984
Written by: George Orwell

Ah, This!
Written by: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

All God’s Children:
The Boskett Family and the American Tradition of Violence
Written by: Fox Butterfield

All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Written by: Donald Passman

And Still I Rise
Written by: Maya Angelou

Art of War
Written by: Sun Tzu

Assata: An Autobiography
Written by: Assata Shakur

At the Bottom of the River
Written by: Jamaica Kincaid

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
As told to: Alex Haley

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
Written by: A.C. Bhaktive-danta Swami Prabhupada

Black Like Me
Written by: John Howard Griffin

Black Sister:
Poetry by Black American Women, 1746 to 1980
Edited by Earlene Stetson

Blues People
Written by: Amiri Baraka

Catcher in the Rye
Written by: J.D. Salinger

The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences
Written by: Walter B. Gibson and Litzka R. Gibson

The Confessions of Nat Turner
Written by: William Styron

The Destiny of the Nations
Written by: Alice A. Bailey

The Diary of Anais Nin
Edited and with a Preface by: Gunther Stuhlmann

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Written by: E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil

The Grapes of Wrath
Written by: John Steinbeck

Great White Lie:
Slavery, Emancipation and Changing Racial Attitudes
Written by: Jack Gratus

The Harder We Run:
Black Workers Since the Civil War
Written by: William H. Harris

Here and Hereafter
Written by: Ruth Montgomery

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Written by: Maya Angelou

I Shall Not Be Moved
Written by: Maya Angelou

Imitation of Christ
Written by: Thomas a Kempis

In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens
Written by: Alice Walker

Initiation
Written by: Elisabeth Haich

Interesting People:
Black American History Makers
Written by: George L. Lee

James Baldwin: The Legacy
Edited by: Quincy Troupe

Kabbalah
Written by: Gersham Scholem

Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by: Ira Peck

Life as Carola
Written by: Joan Grant

Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs
Written by: Linda Goodman

Makes Me Wanna Holler
Written by: Nathan McCall

The Meaning of Masonry
Written by: W.L. Wilmshurst

Moby Dick
Written by: Herman Melville

Monster:
The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
Written by: Sanyika Shakur

Music of Black Americans: A History
Written by: Eileen Southern

Mysticism
Written by: Evelyn Underhill

Native Son
Written by: Richard Wright

Nature, Man and Woman
Written by: Alan W. Watts

No Man Is an Island
Written by: Thomas Merton

Nostradamus: The Millennium & Beyond
Written by: Peter Lorie

The Phenomenon of Man
Written by: Teilhard de Chardin

Ponder on This: A Compilation
From the Writings of: Alice A Bailey & the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul

The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
Written by: Mark Bricklin

The Prince
Written by: Niccolo Machiavelli

The Psychedelic Experience:
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Written by: Timothy Leary, Ph.D, Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Richard Alpert, Ph.D.

The Psychic Realm
Written by: Naomi A. Hintze and J. Gaither Pratt, Ph.D.

A Raisin in the Sun
Written by: Lorraine Hansberry

Roots
Written by: Alex Haley

Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools
Written by: Jonathan Kozol

Secret Splendor
Written by: Charles Essert

Serving Humanity
From the writings of: Alice A. Bailey

Sisterhood is Powerful:
Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement
Written by: Robin Morgan

The State of the World Atlas
Written by: Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal

Social Essays
Written by: LeRoi Jones

The Souls of Black Folk
Written by:W.E. Burghardt DuBois

Teachings of the Buddha
Written by: Jack Kornfield

Telepathy
Written by: Alice A Bailey

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Written by: W.Y. Evans-Wentz

Thoughts and Meditations
Written by: Kahlil Gibran

Tropic of Cancer
Written by: Henry Miller

The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg
Written by: Paul Portuges

Wisdom of Insecurity
Written by: A.N. Watts

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Written by: Robert M. Pirsig

Marion ”Suge” Knight

Suge Knight was born Marion Knight Jr. on April 19, 1966, Suge was the son of Marion and Maxine Knight. Suge’s father, Marion, was an R&B singer as well as a truck driver and a former football player in college, this is where most of the influence on Suge’s music beginnings are believed to have originated. Suge went through grade school and completed high school as well as attending the University of Nevada. Suge grew up in the tough and rough part of L.A. in the city of Compton, this environment was another major influence on Suge’s life and his musical career. Compton is a major hub for rap music and was known to be an area of L.A. that produced musical sensations. Compton is also know for something that had a negative influence on Suge, drugs and violence, these two went hand in hand and

Suge was raised and grew up and lived in Compton until he graduated high school. This meant that he was around the drug lords and the robbers and the others that carried guns or were “strapped”. Growing up in one of the toughest places in America made Suge himself tough, he was on his varsity Football team in high school. Playing football helped to keep Suge out of trouble for a while, he focused much of his energy, time and effort on being the best player he could be and since he was quite a big guy at 6 foot 4 inches tall and 345 pounds, playing defense almost seemed natural for him, and all his hard work paid off. Suge was able to obtain a scholarship, to the University of Nevada, for football where he attended for 2 years from 1985-1987. He then went on to play professional football in the NFL as a replacement player during the NFL players strike.

Suge played professional football for 1 season with the St. Louis Rams, but he saw that he did not have a long future in professional football so Suge eventually quit football to focus on concert promotions for musical artists. While Suge was around all of these artists, most of whom were rap and R&B singers, he was inspired to get into the musical world himself, beyond his concert promoting.

When the dispute between coasts became heated is when the whole country began to learn what was going on between the east and west coast rap scenes. Suge made a statement at the 1995 Source Awards, insulting his east coast rival, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs on live air- “Anyone out there who wanna be a recording artist and wanna stay a star, but don’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be in all the videos, all on the records, dancing, come to Death Row.” What started off as just trying to see who could “spit”(sing/create) better “rhymes”(lyrics) escalated to incorporating names of people/ artists/ and producers alike.

The rappers, such as 2pac and Biggie began to take things much more seriously and personally with specific names being incorporated into songs. When this began to happen, crimes started to appear that were linked to rappers and record companies including Death Row records. Most of the early crimes were muggings and burglary/ robbery, so with the scene now getting into violence and crime, and with Death Row continuing to try to be the best, the label was gaining an increasingly “Thuggish” (violent/bad) reputation and name. Suge himself began to take part in the crimes, and received several months of parole for his taking part.

With this, Dr. Dre left Death Row Records and started his own record company and appropriately named it “Aftermath Entertainment” and it is still very successful today with artist including Marshall “Eminem” Mathers and Curtis “50 cent” Jackson the 3rd. then in September of 1996, the record company lost one of its most vital and well known artists, Tupac Skakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Accusations came soon after that Suge took part in the murder to get the re-interest of the public on the record company and Dr. Dre after he had left the company.

There was never any supporting evidence against Suge so he was never pressed with charges and never served and jail time for the murder, but there are still strong theory’s that Suge was the man that killed 2Pac. Then in March of 1997, 2Pac’s east coast rival The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in a similar way while he was sitting in a car at a stoplight shortly after performing. Peaople immediately assumed that the murder of B.I.G. was a revenge killing from 2Pac’s murder. Once again there was never any sufficient evidence to charge Suge with the murder of B.I.G.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Mutulu Shakur

Dr. Mutulu Shakur is a New Afrikan (Black) man whose primary work has been in the area of health. He is a doctor of acupuncture and was a co-founder and director of two institutions devoted to improving health care in the Black community.

Mutulu Shakur was born on August 8, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland as Jeral Wayne Williams. At age seven he moved to Jamaica, Queens, New York City with his mother and younger sister. Shakur’s political and social consciousness began to develop early in his life. His mother suffered not only from being Black and female, but was also blind. These elements constituted Shakur’s first confrontation with the state, while assisting his mother to negotiate through the maze that made up the social service system. Through this experience Shakur learned that the system did not operate in the interests of Black people and that Black people must control the institutions that affect their lives.

Mutulu, Mopreme, Sekyiwa Shakur with family

Since the age 16, Dr. Shakur has been a part of the New Afrikan Independence Movement. As a part of this movement Dr. Shakur has been a target of the illegal Counterintelligence Program carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (COINTELPRO). This was a secret police strategy used in the U.S. starting in the 1960′s to destroy and neutralize progressive and revolutionary organizations. It is believed that Dr. Shakur’s resistance to this program led to his arrest and trial.

During the late sixties Dr. Shakur was also politically active and worked with the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), a Black Nationalist group which struggled for Black self-determination and socialist change in America. He was also a member of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika which endorsed the founding of an independent New Afrikan (Black) Republic and the establishment of an independent Black state in the southern U.S. Dr Shakur also worked very closely with the Black Panther Party supporting his brother Lumumba Shakur and Zayd.

In 1970 Dr. Shakur was employed by the Lincoln Detox (detoxification) Community (addiction treatment) Program as a political education instructor. His role evolved to include counseling and treatment of withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture. Dr. Shakur became certified and licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of California in 1976. Eventually he became the Program’s Assistant Director and remained associated with the program until 1978.

From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Shakur was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture. Where, at Lincoln, Dr. Shakur had managed a detox program recognized as the largest and most effective of its kind by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Acupuncture Research Society and the World Academic Society of Acupuncture, at BAAANA he continued his remarkable work and also treated thousands of poor and elderly patients who would otherwise have no access to treatment of this type. Many community leaders, political activists, lawyers and doctors were served by BAAANA and over one hundred medical students were trained in the discipline of acupuncture.

By the late 1970′s Dr. Shakur’s work in acupuncture and drug detoxification was both nationally and internationally known and he was invited to address members of the medical community around the world. Dr. Shakur lectured on his work at many medical conferences, and was invited to the People’s Republic of China. In addition in his work for the Charles Cobb Commission for Racial Justice for the National Council of Churches he developed their anti-drug program.

Dr. Shakur has furthermore been a dedicated worker and champion in the struggle against political imprisonment and political convictions of Black Activists in America. He was the founding member of the National Committee to Free Political Prisoners. He has been a leader in the struggle against the illegal U.S. and local American law enforcement programs designed to destroy the Black movement in America and has worked to expose and to stop the secret American war against its Black colony.

Through his political work, Dr. Shakur has been associated with the Committee to Defend Herman Ferguson, a Black activist and educator charged with conspiracy in the RAM conspiracy case of the 1960′s; the National Task Force for COINTELPRO Litigation and Research, which researched and initiated suits against the FBI and American law enforcement agencies for criminal acts, spying and counter-insurgency warfare tactics; and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He has also endorsed support for the legal defense of political prisoners and prisoners of war, including Imari Obadele, Ph.D., Rev. Ben Chavis, Geronimo (Pratt) JiJaga of the Black Panther Party, and Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli of the Black Liberation Army.

Mutulu Shakur and Afeni Shakur

In March 1982, Dr. Shakur and 10 others were indicted by a federal grand jury under a set of U.S. conspiracy laws called “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization” (RICO) laws. These conspiracy laws were ostensibly developed to aid the government in its prosecution of organized crime figures; however, they have been used with varying degrees of success against revolutionary organizations. Dr. Shakur was charged with conspiracy and participation in a clandestine paramilitary unit that carried out actual and attempted expropriations from several banks. Eight incidents were alleged to have occurred between December 1976 to October 1981. In addition he was charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, who is now in exile in Cuba (the question of Dr. Shakur being charged with participation when in fact they alleged he masterminded her escape creates the true fact of COINTELPRO).

After five years underground, Dr. Shakur was arrested on February 12, 1986.

Since his incarceration, he founded a New York-based organization named Dare 2 Struggle that released a 10-year anniversary tribute album for Tupac Shakur called A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle in 2006 through music industry veteran Morey Alexander’s First Kut Records and Canadian activist Deejay Ra’s Lyrical Knockout Entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5gLLGcehFc&t

The album features artists such as Mopreme Shakur, Outlawz, and Imaan Faith. As Shakur explains it, the CD was created in order to motivate, inspire, and challenge black people to struggle against their obstacles. He also recorded a radio PSA for Deejay Ra’s “Hip-Hop Literacy” campaign, encouraging reading of books about Tupac. Shakur was interviewed in the Oscar-nominated documentary Tupac: Resurrection, in which he described how he wrote a “Thug Life Handbook” with Tupac, expressing an anti-drug and anti-violence message.

Dr. Shakur is the father of six children. His son Tupac was assassinated in 1996. He has solid evidence that it was a continuation of COINTELPRO. The F.B.I., the Federal Bureau of Prisons and law enforcement made every effort to keep him separated from his son Tupac.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac’s Stepfather, Dies at 72

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