Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991

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Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991
Compilation album by 2Pac
Released June 12, 2007 (US)[1][2][3]
Genre Gangsta rap, New jack swing, Old school hip hop, West coast hip hop, Political hip hop
Label Koch
Producer Chopmaster J, Shock-G, Strictly Dope
2Pac chronology
Pac's Life
Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988-1991
Nu-Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2

Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991 is a posthumous album by American hip hop recording artist 2Pac, released on June 12, 2007[1][2][3] by Koch Records. The album was originally released on April 18, 2000 in bootleg form, under the title The Lost Tapes: Circa 1989, but the selling was quickly halted due to copyright infringement.[1]

Produced by Digital Underground and Strictly Dope member Chopmaster J, [4] Beginnings... is a collection of the rapper's earliest songs, created before Shakur began working on his first studio album, 2Pacalypse Now. [4]


The songs featured on Beginnings... were originally created by Tupac Shakur and his early crew, Strictly Dope,[1] between the years 1988 and 1991. While these songs led to 2Pac joining a concert tour with Digital Underground as a roadie for Chopmaster J and a dancer and crew member for Digital Underground, most of them were not heard by the general public (with the exception of "Panther Power," "The Case of the Misplaced Mic" and "Static").[4]

In the year 2000, Chopmaster J rediscovered the recordings in his mother's basement[4] and released them as an album on April 18, 2000, under the title The Lost Tapes: Circa 1989. However, the selling was soon stopped by 2Pac's mother, Afeni Shakur, due to copyright infringement.[1] In 2007, the same songs were re-released with Afeni Shakur's approval, as Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
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Allmusic 1.5/5 stars link\

CD Universe noted that Shakur's "flow and lyrical content are more reminiscent of late-1980s/early-1990s icons like Big Daddy Kane and Rakim" than of the later songs of 2Pac himself.[2] Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic agreed that the rapper sounds "inspired here, no doubt, but nonetheless a bit clumsy and imitative".[4] Birchmeier also commented that "there's little more here than skeletal drum machine beats for production".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Panther Power" 4:36
  2. "The Case of the Misplaced Mic" 2:34
  3. "Let Knowledge Drop" 3:37
  4. "Never Be Beat" 5:33
  5. "A Day in the Life" 4:55
  6. "My Burnin' Heart" 6:25
  7. "Minnie the Moocher" 4:19
  8. "The Case of the Misplaced Mic, Pt. 2" 2:40
  9. "Static Mix, Pt. 1" 4:19
  10. "Static Mix, Pt. 2" 3:59


  1. ^ a b c d e Tupac Shakur Beginnings : The Lost Tapes 1988-1991 - Hip Hop Galaxy
  2. ^ a b c Tupac Shakur Beginnings: Lost Tapes 1988-1991 CD
  3. ^ a b Beginnings The Lost Tapes 1988-1991: Music: Tupac Shakur
  4. ^ a b c d e f Birchmeier, Jason. "The Lost Tapes - 2Pac". Allmusic. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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