Thug Life consists of Tupac Shakur, Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme Shakur, The Rated R, Macadoshis, and Kato. Founded in 1992 by Tupac and Randy “Stretch” Walker. They recorded a song also titled “Thug Life” and and shortly thereafter joined Little Psycho aka Big Syke. Later also joined Macadoshis and The Rated R.
They released one album, 1994’s Thug Life: Volume 1, before disbanding after Tupac died on September 13, 1996.
Walter Burns aka The Rated R met Tupac through Treach of Naughty by Nature & Coolio in 1992 in L.A. After an impromptu rhyme session in Treach’s hotel room – Tupac took immediate interest and put down in THUG LIFE.