Until the End of Time (Tupac Shakur album)

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Until the End of Time
Studio album by 2Pac
Released March 27, 2001
Recorded 1995-1996
(2Pac's Vocals)

2000-2001
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Length 124:05
Label Amaru, Death Row, Interscope
Producer Johnny "J", QDIII, L.T. Hutton
2Pac chronology
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
(2000)
Until the End of Time
(2001)
Better Dayz
(2002)
Singles from Until the End of Time
  1. "Until the End of Time"
    Released: February 18, 2001
  2. "Letter 2 My Unborn"
    Released: June 5, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100) link
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (mixed) link
Entertainment Weekly B link
HipHopDX 4/5 stars link
NME (6/10) link
RapReviews (8.0/10) link
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars link
Wall of Sound (49/100) link at the Wayback Machine (archived April 5, 2001)
Music Box 5/5 stars

Until the End of Time is the third posthumous studio album released from the late rapper Tupac Shakur. This album consists of a collection of unreleased material and remix end songs from Tupac's "Makaveli" period while signed to Death Row Records. This album was the second solo album released without Shakur's creative input. Until the End of Time was very highly anticipated and ended up being the best selling hip hop album in 2001.[1]

The single "Until the End of Time" features Richard Page and contains a sample from the song "Broken Wings", a 1985 song by Mr. Mister (from which Page is lead singer). The video for this song featured a compilation of unreleased footage of Tupac Shakur. Suge Knight and Afeni Shakur were the executive producers of this album, with ten of the songs being produced by longtime Tupac producer and friend Johnny "J". Most of the tracks were remixed from their original master tape versions and were censored of any references to Death Row Records or its artists (for example, the track "This Ain't Livin" has a shout out to Snoop Dogg, but due to him being a Death Row artist, it was censored to prevent Amaru's association with the label, although this was a joint release between the two labels). Songs like "Fuckin' with the Wrong Nigga", "Ballad of a Dead Soulja", "Good Life", "LastOnesLeft", "Runnin' On E" are the only tracks known to have been kept true to the original mixes, albeit "Ballad of a Dead Soulja" is missing a couple of instruments to keep from registering the original C. Mayfield sample. The only tracks that weren't censored of Death Row were "All Out", "U Don't Have 2 Worry" and both remixes of "Until The End Of Time".

Commercial success[edit]

Until the End of Time debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 427,000 copies.[2] It has sold 2,220,589 copies in the United States as of 2011.[3] On June 10, 2014 it was certified 4x platinum by RIAA.[4] On 22 June 2001 it was certified Sliver (60,000) by BPI.[5] On May 24, 2001 it was certified 2x platinum (200,000 units) in Canada.[6]

Accolades[edit]

BET put it number 3 on their list of 'The 25 Best Posthumous Albums of All Time'.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Ballad of a Dead Soulja"   Remix by Cold 187um Original by Johnny "J" 4:15
2. "Fuck Friendz" (featuring Tiffany Villarreal) QDIII 5:19
3. "Lil' Homies"   Johnny "J" 3:43
4. "Let Em Have It" (featuring SKG & Honey) L.T. Hutton 4:53
5. "Good Life" (featuring Big Syke & E.D.I.) Mike Mosley 4:17
6. "Letter 2 My Unborn" (featuring Anthem & Tena Jones) Remix by Trackmasters Original by Johnny "J" 3:55
7. "Breathin'" (featuring Outlawz) Johnny "J" 4:04
8. "Happy Home" (featuring Yusef Sharid, Barbara Wilson & Tracy Hardin) Remix by JIM GITTUM, Daren Vegas & Crooked I Original by Johnny "J" 3:56
9. "All Out" (featuring Outlawz) Big Simon Says 5:32
10. "Fuckin' wit' the Wrong Nigga"   Hurt-M-Badd 3:37
11. "Thug N U Thug N Me" (Remix) (featuring K-Ci & JoJo) Johnny "J" 4:11
12. "Everything They Owe" (featuring Timothy) Johnny "J" 3:07
13. "Until The End of Time" (featuring R.L. Huggar of Next, back vocals by Anthem) Remix by Trackmasters Original by Johnny "J" 4:26
14. "M.O.B." (featuring Outlawz & Thug Life) Remix by Ant Banks Original by Kurt Couthan 5:01
15. "World Wide Mob Figgaz" (featuring Outlawz & Ta'he) Johnny "J" 4:37

Disc Two[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Big Syke Interlude" (featuring Big Syke) Cold 187um 1:45
2. "My Closest Roaddogz" (featuring Shiro & Timothy) Johnny "J" 4:04
3. "Niggaz Nature" (Remix) (featuring Lil' Mo) QDIII 5:04
4. "When Thugz Cry" (featuring Nanci Fletcher) Johnny "J" 4:22
5. "U Don't Have 2 Worry" (featuring Outlawz) QDIII 5:07
6. "This Ain't Livin'" (featuring Vanessa) Johnny "J" 3:41
7. "Why U Turn on Me"   Remix by JIM GITTUM, Darren Vegas & Crooked I Original by 2Pac 3:32
8. "LastOnesLeft" (featuring Napoleon (rapper) and Kastro) Johnny "J" 3:59
9. "Thug N U Thug N Me" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo) Johnny "J" 4:29
10. "Words 2 My First Born" (featuring Above the Law) DJ Quik 4:07
11. "Let Em Have It" (Remix) (featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) L.T. Hutton 4:25
12. "Runnin' on E" (featuring Outlawz) 2Pac 5:37
13. "When I Get Free" (featuring J. Valentine) Remix by Cold 187um, SR. Shakur Original by Johnny "J" 4:30
14. "Until the End of Time (Remix)" (featuring Richard Page, back vocals by R.L. Huggar & Anthem) Johnny "J" & Franky "Nitty" Pimentel 4:27

Unused Tracks

  • Komradz (Johnny J Remix) - unused original from "All Eyez On Me".
  • Watch Ya' Mouth (QDIII Remix) - unused original from "The Don Killumiinati: The 7Day Theory".
  • Fade Me (Johnny J Remix) - unused original of, All Eyez On Me"
  • Until The End Of Time (Johnny J Remix)
  • Still Ballin' (Johnny J Remix) - Later remixed again in Better Dayz album (2002)
  • Everything They Owe (On-Beat Johnny J Remake)
  • Letter To My Unborn Child (Johnny J Remix) - unused original from, All Eyez On Me"
  • Thug N Me Thug N U (Johnny J Remix)
  • World Wide Mob Figgaz (Additional Chorus)
  • Ballad Of The Dead Soulja (Johnny J Remix)
  • Ballad Of The Dead Soulja (Alternative Remix)

Album chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak positions
Australian Charts #37[8]
Austrian Charts #63[9]
Belgium Charts (Flanders) #6[10]
Billboard 200 #1[11]
Canadian Charts #2[11]
Deutsch Charts #23[12]
Dutch Charts #10[13]
French Charts #38[14]
Irish Charts #25[15][16]
New Zealand Charts #24[17]
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums #1[11]
Switzerland Chart #34[18]
UK Chart #31 / #33[19][20]

Samples[edit]

  • "Ballad of a Dead Soulja"
    • "Little Child Running Wild" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Letter 2 My Unborn"
  • "Until the End of Time"
    • "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
  • "When Thugz Cry"
    • "Fragile" by Sting

Samples Later Used[edit]

Preceded by
Hot Shot by Shaggy
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 14, 2001 - April 20, 2001
Succeeded by
Now 6 by Various artists

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH
  5. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  6. ^ http://musiccanada.com/gold-platinum/#!/gp_search=2%20pac
  7. ^ http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2012/06/the-25-best-posthumous-albums.html#!061412-music-25-best-posthumous-albums-tupac-until-the-end-of-time
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  16. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
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  19. ^ "2Pac - Until The End Of Time". Chart Stats. 2001-04-21. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
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  21. ^ "samples used in 2PAC songs all 80's songs". Remixboard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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