Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by 2Pac
Released November 24, 1998
November 30, 1998 (UK)
Recorded 1991–1996
Genre Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, G-funk, political hip hop, gangsta rap, conscious hip hop
Length 114:43
Label Amaru, Death Row, Jive, Interscope Records
Producer Afeni Shakur (exec.), Dr. Dre, Tony Pizarro, Big D the Impossible, David Blake, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Daryl, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden, Johnny "J", Suge Knight, Live Squad, Reggie Moore, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac
2Pac chronology
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Changes"
    Released: October 13, 1998
  2. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: January 26, 1999

Greatest Hits is a double-disc greatest hits album for late rapper 2Pac, released by Amaru/Death Row/Jive/Interscope Records in 1998. The album's non-chronological sequence highlights 2Pac's career; the 21 popular hits, some slightly re-edited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: the dead friends tribute "God Bless the Dead", the dedication song "Unconditional Love", the tough talk "Troublesome '96", and the album's single "Changes" also helped earn 2Pac the first and only posthumous Grammy Award nomination since for Best Rap Solo Performance. Some tracks have alternate mixes, while "California Love" makes its first proper album appearance after only being available as a single prior.

This is one of 2Pac's two albums—and one of only seven hip hop albums—to have been certified Diamond in the United States.[1]

New material[edit]

Of the new material, the raw-sounding "God Bless the Dead" has been the subject of the most speculation, owing to its subject matter: an apparent eulogizing of "Biggie Smalls"—a mysterious feat, since Tupac was killed six months before Biggie Smalls. The song has been misinterpreted as a clear and direct homage to Biggie. It actually pays homage to Biggy Smallz aka Big Dric of the Live Squad. It was produced by fellow Live Squad member Randy "Stretch" Walker. He is the subject of Tupac Shakur's controversial tribute song "God Bless the Dead". This person should not be confused with The Notorious B.I.G., who went by a similar name, Biggie Smalls. In addition to this, Biggy Smallz is often mistaken with Deon Evans, also known as Big D the Impossible. Dada (who is still alive) Dada Awoyemi is a producer who had worked with Tupac Shakur on his earlier albums 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Commercial success[edit]

Greatest Hits debuted at No. 3 with 268,000 and stayed in the Billboard 200 for 77 weeks. [2] It topped the R&B charts in the United States for 2 weeks in a row.[3] On October 16, 2000 it was certified 9× platinum. Nearly 11 years later, in June 2011, it was certified by the RIAA for shipments of over 10 million copies, the late rapper's first ever RIAA Diamond award.[4][5] The album is one of the best selling albums of all time in America.

Tupac Shakur's virtual appearance at the annual Coachella Festival on April 15 spurred a re-entry for the album on the Billboard 200 chart; it jumped in at No. 129 with 4,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (a gain of 571% over the previous week).[6]

The album was certified Platinum by BPI by 16 August 2002 which makes it his highest selling album in the UK.[7]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Entertainment Weekly A−[10]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[12]
Xtam4 RTC 5/5 stars
Music Box 5/5 stars

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Source album Length
1. "Keep Ya Head Up"   from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/1993 4:24
2. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 4:07
3. "Temptations"   from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995 5:02
4. "God Bless the Dead"   previously unreleased 4:22
5. "Hail Mary" (featuring Outlawz, Prince Ital Joe) from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996 5:12
6. "Me Against the World" (featuring Dramacydal) from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995 4:39
7. "How Do U Want It?" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo; some lyrics are censored from the original album version) from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 4:48
8. "So Many Tears"   from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995 3:58
9. "Unconditional Love"   previously unreleased 3:59
10. "Trapped" (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version) from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/1991 4:45
11. "Life Goes On"   from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 5:02
12. "Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Outlawz)   5:12
Disc 2
No. Title Source album Length
1. "Troublesome '96"   previously unreleased 4:36
2. "Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister) from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/1991 3:54
3. "I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy) from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 4:56
4. "I Get Around" (featuring Digital Underground) from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/1993 4:19
5. "Changes" (featuring Talent) previously unreleased 4:29
6. "California Love (4 Minute Mix)" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) from All Eyez on Me (UK Version), 2/13/1996 4:45
7. "Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring Danny Boy, CPO, Big Syke) from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 5:15
8. "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" (with Thug Life; featuring Nate Dogg) from Thug Life: Volume 1, 9/26/1994 3:52
9. "Toss It Up" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo, Danny Boy, Aaron Hall; a new mix with some altered lyrics) from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996 4:43
10. "Dear Mama"   from Me Against the World, 3/14/1995 4:40
11. "All Bout U" (featuring Nate Dogg, Top Dogg, Outlawz; altered from the original album version) from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 4:33
12. "To Live & Die in L.A." (featuring Val Young) from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/1996 4:33
13. "Heartz of Men"   from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/1996 4:41

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

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