Better Dayz

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Better Dayz
Studio album by 2Pac
Released November 26, 2002 (US)
Recorded 1994-1996
(2Pac's Vocals)

(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre Hip hop, Gangsta rap, West coast hip hop, Acoustic hip hop
Length 112:38
Label Amaru, Tha Row
Producer Afeni Shakur, Johnny "J"
2Pac chronology
Until the End of Time
Better Dayz
Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly C [1]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars link
RapReviews (7.5/10) link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars link

Better Dayz is the fourth posthumous studio album by late American rapper Tupac Shakur, the third to be released without the artist's creative input and is the last so far to be a double-album.

It was released on November 26, 2002, debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200. This album consists of a collection of previously unreleased material by way of remixed songs from Tupac's "Makaveli" period while signed to Death Row Records, and was produced by Johnny "J", Jazze Pha, Frank Nitty, and E.D.I. of Outlawz. Tracks include "My Block (remix)", "When We Ride on Our Enemies", "Catchin' Feelins" and "Never Call U Bitch Again". It also includes "Military Minds" which features Boot Camp Clik members Buckshot and Smif-n-Wessun (credited as Cocoa Brovaz) which was supposed to be part of a collaborative album between Shakur and BCC titled One Nation but was never officially released due to Shakur's death.

It features 23 unreleased recordings including remixes from the period of 1994-1996, with appearances by Nas, Outlawz, Mýa, Jazze Pha, Ron Isley, and Tyrese, among others. The hit single, "Thugz Mansion," comes in two versions: the Nas acoustic version, on which the music video is based, and a hip hop version featuring Anthony Hamilton. On January 31, 2003, it was certified 2x Platinum in the U.S.[2] The album was also certified 3x Platinum in Canada May 2003.[3] The track "Ghetto Star" has appeared on the soundtrack to the video game 25 To Life.

Better Dayz sold 366,000 copies in its first week on the charts.[4] It has sold 1,765,597 copies in the United States as of 2011.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   7 Aurelius 0:56
2. "Still Ballin'" (featuring Trick Daddy) Johnny "J" - Remixed by Nitty 2:50
3. "When We Ride on Our Enemies"   Johnny "J" - Remixed by BRISS 2:54
4. "Changed Man" (featuring Johnta Austin, T.I. and Jazze Pha) Johnny "J" - Remixed by Jazze Pha 3:52
5. "Fuck Em All" (featuring Outlawz) Johnny "J" 4:26
6. "Never B Peace" (featuring E.D.I. and Kastro) Johnny "J" - Remixed by Nitty 4:59
7. "Mama's Just a Little Girl" (featuring Kimma Hill) Johnny "J" - Remixed by Kip "KP" Wilson 4:58
8. "Street Fame"   Daz Dillinger - Remixed by BRISS 4:30
9. "Whatcha Gonna Do?" (featuring Outlawz) Johnny "J" - Remixed by E.D.I. 3:39
10. "Fair Xchange" (featuring Jazze Pha) Johnny "J" - Remixed by Jazze Pha 3:52
11. "Late Night" (featuring Outlawz and DJ Quik) DJ Quik 4:18
12. "Ghetto Star" (featuring Nutt-So) Go-Twice 4:15
13. "Thugz Mansion (Acoustic Version)" (featuring Nas and J.Phoenix) Johnny "J" - Remixed by A. "Pitboss" Johnson, Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton, and Claudio Cueni 4:13

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "My Block (Remix)"   Remixed by Nitty Easy Mo Bee 5:22
2. "Thugz Mansion" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) Remixed by 7 Aurelius Johnny J 4:07
3. "Never Call U Bitch Again" (featuring Tyrese)   Johnny J 4:38
4. "Better Dayz" (featuring Ron Isley)   Johnny J 4:17
5. "U Can Call" (featuring Jazze Pha) Remixed by Jazze Pha Johnny J 3:49
6. "Military Minds" (featuring Cocoa Brovaz and Buckshot) Remixed by E.D.I. Mean Darryl “Big D” Harper 5:29
7. "Fame" (featuring Outlawz)   Hurt M Badd 4:50
8. "Fair Xchange (Remix)" (featuring Mýa) Remixed by Troy Johnson Johnny J 3:56
9. "Catchin' Feelins" (featuring Outlawz)   E.D.I. Mean 4:54
10. "There U Go" (featuring Big Syke and Outlawz)   Johnny J 5:30
11. "This Life I Lead" (featuring Outlawz)   Johnny J 5:21
12. "Who Do U Believe In?" (featuring Nanci Fletcher, Yaki Kadafi and Big Pimpin' Delemond)   Johnny J 5:30
13. "They Don't Give a Fuck About Us" (featuring Outlawz)   Johnny J 5:08
14. "Outro"       0:13


  • "Better Dayz"
  • "Catchin Feelins"
  • "Late Night"
    • "Have Your Ass Home by 11:00" by Richard Pryor
    • "Wind Parade" by Donald Byrd
    • "Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had a Ball)" by Esther Williams
  • "This Life I Lead"
  • "Who Do U Believe In"


Album chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak positions
Billboard 200 #5[6]
Canadian Charts #7[6]
Deutsche Charts #45[7]
Dutch Charts #36[8]
French Charts #52[9]
Irish Charts #40[10]
New Zealand Charts #20[11]
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums #1[6]
Switzerland Chart #60[12]
UK Chart #68[13][14]


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  2. ^ RIAA database search, 18 November 2007
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – May 2003". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ David Jenison (Dec 4, 2002). ""Up" over McGraw, 2Pac, J.Lo". E!. 
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  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Better Dayz". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Better Dayz". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  13. ^ "2Pac - Better Dayz". Chart Stats. 2002-12-14. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  14. ^ "2PAC | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-16.