Loyal to the Game

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Loyal to the Game
Tupac Shakur - Loyal to the Game.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)
Recorded1991–1994
(2Pac's vocals)

2003–2004
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre
Length64:56
Label
Producer
2Pac chronology
2Pac Live
(2004)
Loyal to the Game
(2004)
The Rose, Vol. 2
(2005)
Singles from Loyal to the Game
  1. "Thugs Get Lonely Too"
    Released: September 23, 2004
  2. "Ghetto Gospel"
    Released: January 21, 2005

Loyal to the Game is the tenth studio album and fifth posthumous studio album by Tupac Shakur. It contains remixes of previously unreleased music recorded by Shakur before his death in 1996. Released in the United States on December 14, 2004 (December 12 in the United Kingdom), Loyal to the Game was produced by Eminem.

Background[edit]

According to an interview with MTV, Eminem was so moved by Tupac's life and work that he wrote a letter to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, asking her to consider letting him produce the album. Shakur agreed, giving Eminem the go ahead.[1] The album featured two singles: "Thugs Get Lonely Too" featuring Nate Dogg and "Ghetto Gospel", which contained a sample of Indian Sunset by Elton John.[2]

Production[edit]

Eminem used various unusual production techniques during the creation of this album, namely modifying the pace and pitch of Tupac's voice to better suit the beats produced.[3] There were also various uses of the cutting and pasting of vocals to produce new words synonymous with rap culture at the time, such as saying "G-Unit", "Obie Trice" and "Em" instead of "LG", the original producer of "Out On Bail".[3]

The original title track was recorded in 1993 by 2Pac, Treach and Riddler for the film Above The Rim (1994) and was produced by Reginald Heard. DJ Quik made a remix, the tempo of which is the same as the original, that was added as a bonus track; DJ Quik also suggested to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, that the title track be known as "Loyal to the Game".

The original versions of the songs were originally recorded for 2Pac's debut album 2Pacalypse Now (1991), for his second album 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z (1993), for Thug Life: Volume 1 (1994, with his group Thug Life) and for Me Against The World (1995), but were cut. In 1993 2Pac recorded a track named "Po Nigga Blues"" with a rapper named The Governor. Later 2Pac's producer Shock-G produced a remix of the song, which is still unreleased. However Scott Storch made a remix of the song, which was added as a bonus track.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
RapReviews8/10[5]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Loyal to the Game debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week-sales of over 330,000 copies in its first week. On February 15, 2005, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the US.[9] As of September 2011, the album has sold 1,204,124 copies in the United States.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducerLength
1."Soldier Like Me" (featuring Eminem)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible / Stretch From the Live Squad)3:50
2."The Uppercut" (featuring E.D.I. Mean & Young Noble)Eminem, Luis Resto3:50
3."Out on Bail"Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by LG)3:54
4."Ghetto Gospel"Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)3:58
5."Black Cotton" (featuring Eminem, Kastro & Young Noble)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)5:03
6."Loyal to the Game" (featuring G-Unit)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Reginald Heard)3:23
7."Thugs Get Lonely Too" (featuring Nate Dogg)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Stretch from the Live Squad)4:48
8."N.I.G.G.A." (featuring Jadakiss)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)3:02
9."Who Do You Love?"Eminem, Luis Resto3:28
10."Crooked Nigga Too"Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)2:55
11."Don't You Trust Me?" (featuring Dido)Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)4:55
12."Hennessey" (featuring Obie Trice)Eminem, Luis Resto3:27
13."Thug 4 Life"Eminem, Luis Resto (Originally produced by Johnny "J")2:54
Bonus track
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
14."Po Nigga Blues (Scott Storch Remix)" (featuring Ron Isley)Scott Storch (Originally Produced by Daryl L. Anderson (DJ Daryl)3:38
15."Hennessey (Red Spyda Remix)" (featuring E.D.I. Mean & Sleepy Brown)Red Spyda3:18
16."Crooked Nigga Too (Raphael Saadiq Remix)" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)Raphael Saadiq (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)4:02
17."Loyal to the Game (DJ Quik Remix)" (featuring Big Syke & DJ Quik)DJ Quik4:20
Sample credits

Leftover Tracks[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom December 12, 2004
United States December 14, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ village voice > nyclife > The Essay: The End of Eminem by Jon Caramanica
  2. ^ Amazon.com: Loyal to the Game: 2Pac: Music
  3. ^ a b 2Pac (Tupac Shakur) Loyal to the Game Lyrics Sounds and More
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  5. ^ Juon, Steve. "2Pac: Loyal to the Game". RapReviews. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ Dreisinger, Baz. "Something gets lost in Em's mix". LaTimes.com. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
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  25. ^ "British album certifications – 2Pac – Loyal to the Game". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 8, 2011. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Loyal to the Game in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – 2 Pac – Loyal to the Game". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.