Better Dayz is the fifth posthumousstudio album by late American rapper Tupac Shakur, the third to be released without the artist's creative input and is the last so far to be a double-album.
It was released on November 26, 2002, debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200. This album is the second of two albums (The first being Until The End Of Time) that consists of a collection of previously unreleased material by way of remixed songs from Tupac's "Makaveli" period while signed to Death Row Records, and was produced by Johnny "J", Jazze Pha, Frank Nitty, and E.D.I. of Outlawz. Tracks include "My Block (remix)", "When We Ride on Our Enemies", "Catchin' Feelins" and "Never Call U Bitch Again". It also includes "Military Minds" which features Boot Camp Clik members Buckshot and Smif-n-Wessun (credited as Cocoa Brovaz) which was supposed to be part of a collaborative album between Shakur and BCC titled One Nation but was never officially released due to Shakur's death. What's different about Better Dayz is that there were no censored references to Death Row Records. Unlike his album Until The End Of Time, where only three songs weren't censored of the infamous label.
It features 23 unreleased recordings including remixes from the period of 1994-1996, with appearances by Outlawz, Ron Isley, Nas, Mýa, Jazze Pha, Tyrese and among others. The hit single, "Thugz Mansion," comes in two versions: the Nas acoustic version, on which the music video is based, and a hip hop version featuring Anthony Hamilton. For the song Fame, the last verse is actually rapper Bad Azz, not Young Noble. How you can tell is by voice. This is also an error in the album sleeve.
John Bush from AllMusic wrote: Though it was released on the eve of the busiest year in 2Pac's posthumous career, Better Dayz shouldn't be overlooked—and with the schedule including a feature documentary (with soundtrack), plus two books and another double album, it might be easy for this one to slip from the radar. A lengthy two-disc set, it benefits from a raft of still-compelling material by one of the two or three best rappers in history, as well as excellent compiling by executive producers Suge Knight and Afeni Shakur, 2Pac's mother. Organizing the set roughly into one disc of hardcore rap and one of R&B jams makes for an easier listen, and the R&B disc especially has some strong tracks, opening with a remix of 1995's "My Block" and including quintessentially 2Pac material—reflective, conflicted, occasionally anguished—like "Never Call U Bitch Again," "Better Dayz," "Fame," and "This Life I Lead." Most of the tracks are previously unreleased, the rest coming from scattered compilations like Knight's Chronic 2000: Still Smokin' or 1995's The Show soundtrack. It's 2Pac's best album since his death, and bodes well for future material by, and concerning, rap's most legendary figure.
The track "Ghetto Star" has appeared on the soundtrack to the video game 25 To Life.
Better Dayz sold 366,000 copies in its first week on the charts. It has sold 1,765,597 copies in the United States as of 2011. On January 31, 2003, it was certified 2x Platinum in the U.S and then certified 3x Platinum on August 2014. The album was also certified 3x Platinum in Canada May 2003.