Flashback Friday: 2pac and Makaveli

Today’s the day.

“All Eyez on Me,” the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic, has finally hit theaters and it’s only right that we celebrate his legacy.

Now, most Soul In Stereo OGs know that I’ve been pretty critical of Pac’s catalog over the years but even I can’t deny the huge shadow his influence has cast over hip-hop. He’s easily the most influential rap artist of all time.

Let’s revisit my two favorite Pac albums – feel free to share your favorites below.

me against the world

2pac, Me Against the World (1995)

While 1996’s All Eyez On Me is arguably Pac’s most celebrated album, I think its 1995 predecessor is the superior piece of work. The personal, reflective tone helped establish Pac’s rap persona – the villain with a conscious. Countless rappers have followed that blueprint.

Also check out:


“Death Around the Corner”


Makaveli, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Rappers flaunting dual identities might not be that uncommon in 2017, but Pac’s Makaveli persona was pretty cutting edge in 1997. The first (of maaaaaany) posthumous releases, 7 Day Theory showcased Pac’s brilliant creativity, along with spawning endless rumors that he was indeed alive, waiting until the right time to return to hip-hop.

Also check out:

“To Live and Die in LA,” featuring Val Young

“Toss It Up,” featuring Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, K-Ci & Jo-Jo

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog. 


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