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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by 2Pac
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded 1991–1996
Genre
Length 1:54:43
Label
Producer
2Pac chronology
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)R U Still Down? (Remember Me)1997
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)Still I Rise1999
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Changes"
    Released: October 13, 1998
  2. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: January 26, 1999

Greatest Hits is a posthumous double-disc greatest hits album by American rapper 2Pac, released by Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records, Interscope Records, and Jive Records on November 24, 1998.

The album's non-chronological sequence focuses on the highlights of 2Pac's career. 21 of his most popular tracks are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: "God Bless the Dead", "Unconditional Love", "Troublesome '96", and "Changes". Some tracks have alternate mixes, while the original mix of "California Love" makes its first proper album appearance after initially only being available as a single.

"Changes" earned 2Pac the first, and so far only, posthumous Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. This is one of two 2Pac releases — 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 copies sold in its 1st week and peaked at No. 3 in January 1999. It has spent 191 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, the late rapper's second RIAA Diamond award.[3][4] With 5.33 million units sold which is 10.66 million in RIAA sales.[5], 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.[6]

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).[7]

The album was certified Platinum by the BPI on 16 August 2002, making it 2Pac's highest selling album in the UK.[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[9]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[10]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[11]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[12]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[13]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleSource albumLength
1."Keep Ya Head Up"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 unreleased4:22
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 World4:39
7."How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo; some lyrics are censored from the original album version)All Eyez on Me4:48
8."So Many Tears"Me Against the World3:58
9."Unconditional Love"previously unreleased3:59
10."Trapped" (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version)2Pacalypse Now (1991)4:45
11."Life Goes On"All Eyez on Me5:02
12."Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Outlawz)How Do U Want It single (1996)5:12
Disc 2
No.TitleSource albumLength
1."Troublesome '96"previously unreleased4:36
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 unreleased4:29
6."California Love" ((listed as California Love (Original Version on tracklist.) 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 Me5:15
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 Bout U" (featuring Nate Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi & Dru Down; posthumous remix)All Eyez on Me4:33
12."To Live & Die in L.A." (featuring Val Young)The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory4:33
13."Heartz of Men"All Eyez on Me4:41

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[38] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[39] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[40] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[41] Gold 250,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[42] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] Diamond 5,330,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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