Pac's Life

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Pac's Life
Compilation album by 2Pac
Released November 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)
(see release history)
Recorded 1991
(Scared Straight)

1995-1996
(2Pac and Kadafi's Vocals)

2005-2006
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, R&B
Label Interscope
Amaru Entertainment
Producer Afeni Shakur (exec.), Canei Finch, E.D.I., Karma Productions, L.T. Hutton, QDIII, Salih, Sha Money XL, Swizz Beatz, Tom Whalley (exec.)
2Pac chronology
Live at the House of Blues
(2005)
Pac's Life
(2006)
Beginnings: The Lost Tapes
(2007)

Pac's Life is the eleventh and sixth posthumously released studio album from the late American rapper 2Pac. The album was released on November 21, 2006, in the United States, on Amaru Entertainment commemorated the tenth anniversary of his murder.

Background[edit]

A broad range of artists contributed to the album, including Ashanti, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Papoose, Keyshia Cole, Chamillionaire, Jay Rock,(A-3) Lil' Scrappy, Big Syke, Young Buck, Outlawz, three posthumous appearances by Kadafi, and Jamal Woolard, who became famous for portraying The Notorious B.I.G. in the 2009 biopic Notorious.

The album features guest appearances from Ashanti and T.I., who appear on the title track "Pac's Life." They also participated in the release of the single version of the song, which was filmed at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts. The World Premiere of "Pac's Life" was on at 7:30 PM on BET's Access Granted on Wednesday, November 22. The video featured on BET's behind the scenes of the filming of "Pac's Life". Krayzie Bone, appears on the album's first single, "Untouchable".

Album promotion[edit]

The album, which was recorded in Van Nuys, California. A week of events was conducted for the celebration of the release. It kicked off on Saturday November 11 at the Vaknin Gallery with "All Eyez On Me: Hip-Hop's Legendary Performers and Photographers," where photographers displayed their material. On Tuesday November 14, at the same venue, a VIP party previewing Pac's Life took place from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The events were then shifted to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) where coat drives were held on Wednesday, November 15 and Friday, November 17 everyone who brought a winter coat received two admission tickets to the Pac's Life album release party. On Monday November 20, a "Pac's Life Teen Art" competition took place from 6-8 PM, where children ages 13–17 competed in an art exhibit contest.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars link
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
DJBooth.net 4/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived October 19, 2009)
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars link
RapReviews (6.5/10) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
The Source 4/5 stars

Reviews from critics and fans was mixed, with the general consensus being that while 2Pac's vocals were undoubtedly strong, the modern production sounded commercialized. As AllMusic described: "This isn't to say that there is not some great material on Pac's Life, because there is ..., but the power of 2Pac's words is often lost behind the modern production and new verses from artists like Ludacris, Lil Scrappy, and Ashanti."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Pac's Life sold 159,000 copies in its first week on the charts.[2] It has sold 469,639 copies in the United States as of 2011.[3]

This is the first and only 2Pac album not to be certified.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Untouchable" (featuring Krayzie Bone) Swizz Beatz 4:16
2. "Pac's Life" (featuring T.I., Ashanti and L.T. Hutton) L.T. Hutton 3:38
3. "Dumpin'" (featuring Hussein Fatal, Papoose and Carl Thomas) Sha Money XL 4:27
4. "Playa Cardz Right" (Female) (featuring Keyshia Cole) Karma Productions 4:33
5. "Whatz Next" (featuring A3 and Jay Rock) Salih Williams 4:18
6. "Sleep" (featuring Young Buck and Chamillionaire) Sha Money XL 4:10
7. "International" (featuring Nipsey Hussle and Young Dre the Truth) L.T. Hutton 4:01
8. "Don't Sleep" (featuring Lil' Scrappy, Nutso, Yaki Kadafi and Stormy) E.D.I. Mean 3:36
9. "Soon As I Get Home" (featuring Yaki Kadafi) QD3 3:40
10. "Playa Cardz Right" (Male) (featuring Ludacris and Keon Bryce) Sha Money XL 4:54
11. "Don't Stop" (featuring Big Syke, Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, EDI, Young Noble and Stormy) L.T. Hutton 5:25
12. "Pac's Life" (Remix) (featuring Snoop Dogg, T.I., L.T. Hutton and Chris Starr) L.T. Hutton 3:39
13. "Untouchable" (featuring Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal and Gravy) Sha Money XL 4:25
UK Edition bonus track
No. Title Producer(s) Length
14. "Dear Mama" (Remix) (featuring Anthony Hamilton) Frank Nitty 5:42
Japanese Edition bonus track
No. Title Length
15. "Scared Straight"   3:29

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[4] 83
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 71
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 62
US Billboard 200[1] 9
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[1] 3
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[1] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Australia November 18, 2006
Europe November 20, 2006
United States November 21, 2006
Japan[7] December 13, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Pac's Life at AllMusic
  2. ^ Keith Caulfield (2013-06-22). "Album Chart Preview: Kanye West's Lead Over J. Cole Shrinks". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ "Tupac Month: 2Pac’s Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Pac's Life". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung (2007-09-28). "2 Pac - Pac's Life". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ Album Listing (JP)