2Pac - Pac’s Life
Review by DJ Z
As the sixth posthumously released studio album from Tupac Shakur, Pac’s Life is a valiant effort to allow his music to live on through today and beyond. Commemorating ten years following his untimely death, the album production is overseen by Tupac’s mother, Afeni, and her label imprint Amaru Entertainment.
In addition to the ‘2pac stamp of approval’ that exists with any release attached to his name, Pac’s Life comes with the promise of hearing never before released material. The label claims that all of the verses (except one) on the album have never before been used in any of his releases. The truth however is that a majority of the lyrics have been heard on underground albums, street mix tapes and very early recordings released to the listening public.
What Amaru Entertainment banked on with Pac’s Life is that a casual 2pac listener doesn’t know what they are hearing is not new. Assumptions are made that the audio was dug up from the depths of 2pac’s amazingly large catalog, but that material was mostly used on his five previous posthumous releases (two of which were double-disc albums).
The album itself is a mixed bag of production, and lacks the heart and passion that bled through all of 2pac’s previous work. The beats and production styles used symbolize the current trends in hip-hop, but seem empty when compiled with the vocals of Shakur. Even guest verses from Ludacris, T.I., Young Buck, Papoose and Chamillionaire don’t do much for Pac’s Life, other than to presumably help move units using there A-List star status.
The most obvious sign that there might be an end in sight to 2pac’s posthumous releases is his lack of participation on the actual final product. Most of the material on the thirteen song album, including the original version of Untouchable, garners only one verse or at most two on any one record. Simply put, there isn’t a single song (start to finish) that is strictly 2pac. If you’re searching for serenity in hearing his rhymes nonetheless, there are plenty worthy bars and hooks to salivate over.
3 Spins - Average
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