Loyal to the Game
|Loyal to the Game|
|Studio album by 2Pac|
|Released||December 12, 2004
(see release history)
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
|Genre||West coast hip hop, gangsta rap|
|Producer||Afeni Shakur (exec.), Eminem (also exec.)
Scott Storch, Red Spyda, Raphael Saadiq, DJ Quik, Luis Resto
|Singles from Loyal to the Game|
|Los Angeles Times||link|
Loyal to the Game is the tenth studio album and fifth posthumous studio album by Tupac Shakur. It contains remixes of previously unreleased music recorded by Shakur before his death in 1996. Released in the United States on December 14, 2004 (December 12 in the United Kingdom), Loyal to the Game was produced by Eminem.
It has sold 1,204,124 copies in the United States as of 2011.
According to an interview with MTV, Eminem was so moved by Tupac's life and work that he wrote a letter to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, asking her to consider letting him produce the album. Shakur agreed, giving Eminem the go ahead. The album featured two singles- "Thugs Get Lonely Too" (featuring Nate Dogg) and "Ghetto Gospel" (featuring Elton John).
Eminem used various unusual production techniques during the creation of this album, namely modifying the pace and pitch of Tupac's voice to better suit the beats produced. There were also various uses of the cutting and pasting of vocals to produce new words synonymous with current rap culture, such as saying "G-Unit", "Obie Trice" and "Em" instead of "LG", the original producer of "Out On Bail".
The original title track was recorded in 1993 by 2Pac, Treach and Riddler for the film Above The Rim (1994) and was produced by Reginald Heard. DJ Quik made a remix, the tempo of which is the same as the original, that was added as a bonus track; DJ Quik also suggested to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, that the title track be known as "Loyal to the Game".
The original versions of the songs were originally recorded for 2Pac's debut album 2Pacalypse Now (1991), for his second album 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z (1993), for Thug Life: Volume 1 (1994, with his group Thug Life) and for Me Against The World (1995), but were cut. In 1993 2Pac recorded a track named "Po Nigga Blues"" with a rapper named The Govenor. Later 2Pac's producer Shock-G produced a remix of the song, which is still unreleased. However Scott Storch made a remix of the song, which was added as a bonus track.
|1.||"Soldier Like Me" (feat. Eminem)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible / Stretch From the Live Squad)||3:50|
|2.||"The Uppercut" (feat. E.D.I. Mean & Young Noble)||Eminem, Luis Resto||3:50|
|3.||"Out On Bail"||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by LG)||3:54|
|4.||"Ghetto Gospel" (feat. Elton John)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||3:58|
|5.||"Black Cotton" (feat. Eminem, Kastro & Young Noble)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||5:03|
|6.||"Loyal to the Game" (feat. G-Unit)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Reginald Heard)||3:23|
|7.||"Thugs Get Lonely Too" (feat. Nate Dogg)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Stretch from the Live Squad)||4:48|
|8.||"N.I.G.G.A." (feat. Jadakiss)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||3:02|
|9.||"Who Do You Love?"||Eminem, Luis Resto||3:28|
|10.||"Crooked Nigga Too"||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||2:55|
|11.||"Don't You Trust Me?" (feat. Dido)||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||4:55|
|12.||"Hennessey" (feat. Obie Trice)||Eminem, Luis Resto||3:27|
|13.||"Thug 4 Life"||Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Johnny "J")||2:54|
|14.||"Po Nigga Blues (Scott Storch Remix) (Bonus Track)" (feat. Ron Isley)||Scott Storch (Originally Produced by Daryl L. Anderson (DJ Daryl)||3:38|
|15.||"Hennessey (Red Spyda Remix) (Bonus Track)" (feat. E.D.I. Mean & Sleepy Brown)||Red Spyda||3:18|
|16.||"Crooked Nigga Too (Raphael Saadiq Remix) (Bonus Track)"||Raphael Saadiq (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)||4:02|
|17.||"Loyal to the Game (DJ Quik Remix) (Bonus Track)" (feat. Big Syke & DJ Quik)||DJ Quik||4:20|
- Sample credits
- "Ghetto Gospel" contains a sample of "Indian Sunset" by Elton John
- "Don't You Trust Me?" contains a sample of "Do You Have a Little Time" by Dido
- "N.I.G.G.A." contains a sample of "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" performed by Curtis Mayfield
- "Don't You Trust Me (Stereo-Types Remix)" Feat. Keyshia Cole
- "Thug 4 Life (Jelly Roll Remix)" Feat. Jelly Roll
- "Thug 4 Life (Johnny J Remix)"
- "Deadly Combination (Ron G Remix)" Feat. Big L, The Notorious B.I.G. & Stretch
- "Tears Of Clown (Mike Mosley Remix)"
|United Kingdom||December 12, 2004|
|United States||December 14, 2004|
Album chart positions
|Belgium Charts (Flanders)||100|
|New Zealand Charts||31|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top Rap Albums||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums||1|
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- 2Pac (Tupac Shakur) Loyal to the Game Lyrics Sounds and More
- Tupac's 'Game' Haunts Album Chart At No. 1
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