2Pac

Until The End Of Time

posted March 30, 2001 12:00:00 AM CST | 6 comments

HipHopDX Editor's Rating:

Average User Rating:

4.83

6 people have voted.

5 is the most popular ranking.

5 people gave it a perfect five.

Cast your vote »

This marks the 8th and 9th release since the death of one of the greatest rappers of all time. The majority of these songs have been circulating for years on bootlegs but as expected most feature new production, the majority of which is done by Johnny J. Unfortunately, there are a few instances where the originals were better, especially the diss cut All Out. The original Fuck Friendz was better by proxy of 2Pac's sing song chorus that was replaced here with a weak R&B hook. Actually the biggest misstep of this album is the amount of mediocre R&B hooks. All that aside this album was very well done. The material is from the Makaveli period (mid 1996) and the producers do a nice job of making it sound 2001.

Disk 1 is far superior to disk 2, with M.O.B. being the only subpar song. Thug N U Thug N Me RMX is absolutely blazing with Pac flowing incredibly with the beat and K-Ci and Jo-Jo signing the chorus. Breathin and World Wide Mob Figures both hit real hard while Ballad Of A Dead Soldier and Letter 2 My Unborn both bring the substance. There is no shortage of Pac's deep lyrics here, Happy Home, When Thugz Cry, Words 2 My First Born and the title track all show why 2Pac was felt by so many.

The problem with the 2nd disk is the production gets bland and strays from complimenting Pacs lyrics. When I Get Free is the best example. For those who are wondering who 2Pac is cutting up on Why U Turn On Me it is directed at Wendy Williams. For some reason they have removed her name in this version, legal reasons I suppose, he gets pretty ruthless with her.

As much as I hate to see Death Row making money off Pac's work I have to give them respect for the way they are handling his material. Unlike that bitch Puffy they are not hurting his legacy by releasing albums that are nowhere near his usual standard and putting on guest appearances that have nothing to do him with just to increase sales. Any 2Pac album is a must for any hiphop fan purely because there is no one better, this is no exception. His lyrics throughout both albums are unbelievable, and he still touches you and gets in your head in ways that no one else can. Even 4 1/2 years after his death he remains a standard-bearer in hiphop. There is a reason that so many rappers have bitten his style, he was simply the best. The legacy lives on, rest in peace Tupac.

Share This

one moment...
Reply To This Comment

Got an account with one of these? Log in here, or just enter your info and leave a comment below.