Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by 2Pac
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded 1991–1996
Genre
Length 114:43
Label Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records, Interscope Records, Jive
Producer Afeni Shakur (exec.), Dr. Dre, Tony Pizarro, Big D the Impossible, David Blake, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Daryl, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden, Johnny "J", Suge Knight, Live Squad, Reggie Moore, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac
2Pac chronology
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Changes"
    Released: October 13, 1998
  2. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: January 26, 1999

Greatest Hits is a double-disc greatest hits album for late American rapper 2Pac, released by Amaru/Death Row/Jive/Interscope Records in 1998.

The album's non-chronological sequence highlights 2Pac's career; the 21 popular hits, some slightly re-edited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: the dead friends tribute "God Bless the Dead", the dedication song "Unconditional Love", the tough talk "Troublesome '96", and the album's single "Changes" also helped earn 2Pac the first and only posthumous Grammy Award nomination since for Best Rap Solo Performance. Some tracks have alternate mixes, while the original mix of "California Love" makes its first proper album appearance after only being available as a single prior.

This is one of 2Pac's two albums—and one of only nine hip hop albums—to have been certified Diamond in the United States.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Greatest Hits debuted at No. 5 with 268,000 and peaked at No. 3 in January 1999. It has spent 150 weeks on the Billboard 200. [2] On October 16, 2000 it was certified 9× platinum. Nearly 11 years later, in June 2011, it was certified by the RIAA for shipments of over 10 million copies, the late rapper's second RIAA Diamond award.[3][4] With 5.1 million units sold as of March 2015, it remains the best-selling rap greatest hits compilation of all time and the twentieth best-selling rap album since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking record sales in 1991.[5]

Tupac Shakur's virtual appearance at the annual Coachella Festival on April 15, 2012 spurred a re-entry for the album on the Billboard 200 chart; it jumped in at No. 129 with 4,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (a gain of 571% over the previous week).[6]

The album was certified Platinum by BPI by 16 August 2002 which makes it his highest selling album in the UK.[7]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Entertainment Weekly A−[10]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[12]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Source album Length
1. "Keep Ya Head Up" (featuring Dave Hollister) Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993) 4:24
2. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) All Eyez on Me (1996) 4:07
3. "Temptations"   Me Against the World (1995) 5:02
4. "God Bless the Dead" (featuring Stretch) previously unreleased 4:22
5. "Hail Mary" (featuring Outlawz, Prince Ital Joe) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996) 5:12
6. "Me Against the World" (featuring Dramacydal, Puff Johnson) Me Against the World 4:39
7. "How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo; some lyrics are censored from the original album version) All Eyez on Me 4:48
8. "So Many Tears"   Me Against the World 3:58
9. "Unconditional Love"   previously unreleased 3:59
10. "Trapped" (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version) 2Pacalypse Now (1991) 4:45
11. "Life Goes On"   All Eyez on Me 5:02
12. "Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Outlawz) previously released as a single 5:12
Disc 2
No. Title Source album Length
1. "Troublesome '96"   previously unreleased 4:36
2. "Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister & Roniece) 2Pacalypse Now (1991) 3:54
3. "I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy) All Eyez on Me (1996) 4:56
4. "I Get Around" (featuring Digital Underground) Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993) 4:19
5. "Changes" (featuring Talent) previously unreleased 4:29
6. "California Love" (Original version; featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) All Eyez on Me (UK version) 4:45
7. "Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring Danny Boy, CPO, Big Syke) All Eyez on Me 5:15
8. "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" (with Thug Life; featuring Nate Dogg) Thug Life: Volume 1 (1994) 3:52
9. "Toss It Up" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo, Danny Boy, Aaron Hall; a new mix with some altered lyrics) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996) 4:43
10. "Dear Mama"   Me Against the World (1995) 4:40
11. "All About U" (featuring Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz, Dru Down; altered from the original album version) All Eyez on Me 4:33
12. "To Live & Die in L.A." (featuring Val Young) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory 4:33
13. "Heartz of Men"   All Eyez on Me 4:41

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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