Thugz Mansion

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"Thugz Mansion"
Single by 2Pac featuring Anthony Hamilton/ Nas and J. Phoenix
from the album Better Dayz
Released October 17, 2002
Format CD single, 12"
Genre Acoustic, West coast hip hop, R&B (only version with Anthony Hamilton)
Length 4:12
Label Amaru
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur, Nasir Jones, J. Phoenix
Producer(s) 7 Aurelius and Kon Artis (7" Remix version)
A. Pittboss Johnson, Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton Emcee N.I.C.E., Claudio Cueni and Michael Herring (Acoustic Version)
2Pac singles chronology
"Letter 2 My Unborn"
(2001)
"Thugz Mansion"
(2002)
"Still Ballin'"
(2002)
Music video
“Thugz Mansion” on YouTube

"Thugz Mansion" is a song by 2Pac, released as a posthumous single with two known popular versions both released on the 2002 album Better Dayz. It was nominated by the Source Awards for Single of the Year (Male Solo Artist).

Overview[edit]

Thugz Mansion was 2Pac's depiction of a gangster's alternative to heaven. One of the most introspective and spiritual songs by 2Pac, this song talks about how he would rest in peace, and that he would eventually find happiness when he is in a place where all the troubles and pains of his life come to an end, and that he would want to end up in that place of peace after he dies; he also name-drops various figures of African American cultural history (namely: Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Miles Davis) and recent political events (i.e., Latasha Harlins[1]), all of whom he believed to be in heaven.

Versions[edit]

The original acoustic version was rapped over two acoustic guitars and features singer J. Phoenix, it can be found on the Life part of the greatest hits compilation album "Best of 2Pac". The other acoustic version features fellow rapper Nas as well as singer J. Phoenix. Thugz Mansion is the second-to-last track in Disc 1 of Better Dayz. The official remix to the acoustic version, the "Outlawz Remix", features Young Noble of the Outlawz, Nas, & J. Phoenix.

The 7" Remix version, featuring singer Anthony Hamilton, included as track 2 on disc 2 of Better Dayz, is the only song from the album to feature a music video. It charted at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original acoustic version is also found on Nas' God's Son under the name "Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)", with Tupac's second verse and Nas's verse switching places and Tupac's first verse replaced with an original Nas verse.

Music video[edit]

A Music video for this song was shot for the song. The video was nominated at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Thugz Mansion" - 7" Remix (Explicit)
  2. "Thugz Mansion" - Nas Acoustic (Explicit)
  3. "*ck Em All" (Explicit)
  4. "Thugz Mansion" - CD-ROM video

Peak positions[edit]

Charts (2002–03) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 18
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 74
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 73
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 19
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 10
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 4

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