Thug Life: Volume 1
|Thug Life: Volume 1|
|Studio album by Thug Life|
|Released||September 26, 1994|
|Recorded||March 1993 - May 1994|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop, G-funk, Gangsta Rap|
|Label||Out Da Gutta Records, Interscope Records|
|Producer||Stretch / Thug Music, Nate Dogg, Easy Mo Bee, Warren G, Johnny "J", Mopreme, Syke, Moe Z.M.D.|
|Singles from Thug Life: Volume 1|
|Entertainment Weekly||A− link|
Thug Life: Volume 1 is the first and only album by the group Thug Life, started by rapper Tupac Shakur, and was released on September 26, 1994. The album was originally released by Shakur's label Out Da Gutta Records. Due to heavy criticism on gangsta rap at the time, the original version of the album was scrapped and re-recorded with many of the original songs being cut. It has been said that 2Pac created two other versions of this album, with many of the songs still remaining unreleased.
The group featured Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R and Tupac Shakur. Among the notable tracks on the album are "Bury Me a G," "Cradle to the Grave," "Pour Out a Little Liquor" (which also appears on the soundtrack to the 1994 film Above the Rim), "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" and "Str8 Ballin'."
The album only contains ten tracks because Interscope Records felt many of the other recorded songs were too controversial to release.
Although the original version of the album never came to fruition as the album went through a number of changes, Tupac performed the planned first single from the album, "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards. Although the album was originally released on Shakur's label Out Da Gutta, Amaru Entertainment, the label owned by Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, has since gained the rights to it. Thug Life: Volume 1 was certified Gold. The track "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" appeared later in 1998 from 2Pac's Greatest Hits album. In 2014, the song "Bury me a G" was sampled by DJ Mustard to create the theme song for Nelly's reality show, Nellyville.
It has sold 478,419 copies in the United States as of 2011.
|1||"Bury Me a G" (feat. Natasha Walker of Y.N.V.)||2Pac/Mopreme Shakur/Rated R/Big Syke/Macadoshis||Thug Music||4:58|
|2||"Don't Get It Twisted"||Mopreme Shakur/Rated R/Macadoshis||Jay, Mopreme||3:19|
|3||"Shit Don't Stop" (feat. Y.N.V.)||2Pac/Mopreme Shakur/Rated R/Big Syke/Macadoshis||Thug Music||3:46|
|4||"Pour Out A Little Liquor"||2Pac||Johnny "J"||3:29|
|5||"Stay True"||2Pac/Mopreme Shakur/ Stretch||Thug Music||3:09|
|6||"How Long Will They Mourn Me?" (feat. Nate Dogg)||2Pac/Rated R/Big Syke/Macadoshis||Nate Dogg, Warren G, Pro Jay||3:52|
|7||"Under Pressure"||2Pac/ Stretch||Thug Music||4:32|
|8||"Street Fame" (feat. JMJ)||Mopreme Shakur/Rated R/Big Syke||Stretch, JMJ||4:00|
|9||"Cradle to the Grave"||2Pac/Mopreme Shakur/Rated R/Big Syke/Macadoshis||Big Syke, Jay||6:13|
|10||"Str8 Ballin'"||2Pac||Easy Mo Bee||5:04|
|"Thug Life" (feat. Prince Ital Joe)||2Pac/Big Syke||Johnny "J"||Unreleased|
|"Losin It" (feat. Spice 1)||2Pac/Big Syke||Unknown||Remixed for R U Still Down (Remember Me).|
|"Is It Cool 2 Fuck?" (feat. Y.N.V.)||2Pac/Rated R/Macadoshis||Live Squad||Unreleased|
|"Straight Out Da Gutta"||Big Syke/Mopreme/Macadoshis/Rated R||Unknown||Unreleased|
|"Runnin' from tha Police" (feat. Dramacydal, Stretch, & The Notorious B.I.G.)||2Pac||Easy Mo Bee||Released on promotional copies of Thug Life: Volume 1. A review in Q reported, "The album also contains a guest appearance by the wonderfully named Biggy [sic] Smalls, a rising star of the New York rap scene".|
|"Lie To Kick It" (feat. Richie Rich)||2Pac||Warren G||Remixed for R U Still Down (Remember Me).|
Bury Me a G
How Long Will They Mourn Me?
- "Don't Stop (Ever Loving Me)" by One Way
- "Just Want to Be With You" by Curtis Mayfield
- "What's a Telephone Bill?" by Bootsy's Rubber Band
Don't Get It Twisted
Pour Out a Little Liquor
- "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
- "Cry Together" by The O'Jays
- "Welcome to the Ghetto" by Spice 1
- "Eastside Rendezvous" by Kid Frost
Shit Don't Stop
"Full of machismo and do or die stances," wrote Jake Barnes in Q, "the lyrics' hardcore posturing is perversely undercut by sweet and delicate backings from artists like Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton and The Isley Brothers."
Album chart positions
|Billboard 200||Top Hip Hop Albums|
|1994||Thug Life Vol. 1||42||6|
Singles chart positions
|Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles|
|1995||"Cradle to the Grave"||91||25|
- Q, February 1995
- Select, January 1995
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- "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
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- "Macadoshis interview with HitEmUp.com". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- "Official Live Squad discography". http://www.live-squad.com. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- "2Pac & Richie Rich interview for Black Watch in 1993. Warren G, Richie Rich, 2Pac & Big Syke freestyle over the "Lie To Kick It" aka "Animosity" beat in the studio". Retrieved 2012-10-02.