Pac's Life

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Pac's Life
2pac-Pac's Life.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)
Recorded1991
(Scared Straight)

1995–1996
(2Pac and Kadafi's vocals)

2005–2006
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
StudioCan Am Studios
GenreWest coast hip hop, gangsta rap, R&B
Length55:06
LabelAmaru, Interscope
ProducerAfeni Shakur (exec.), Canei Finch, E.D.I., Karma Productions, L.T. Hutton, QDIII, Salih, Sha Money XL, Tom Whalley, Swizz Beatz (exec.)
2Pac chronology
The Prophet Returns
(2005)
Pac's Life
(2006)
Beginnings: The Lost Tapes
(2007)
Singles from Pac's Life
  1. "Untouchable"
    Released: February 27, 2006
  2. "Pac's Life"
    Released: October 21, 2006
  3. "Playa Cardz Right"
    Released: October 21, 2008

Pac's Life is the tenth and final studio album by the late rapper 2Pac. It is also his sixth posthumous album. The album was released on November 21, 2006, in the United States, on Amaru Entertainment. Its 2006 release date was intended to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his murder.

Background[edit]

A broad range of artists contributed to the album, including Outlawz, Krayzie Bone, Snoop Dogg, Chamillionaire, Ludacris, A-3, Big Syke, Papoose, Keyshia Cole, Jay Rock, Young Buck, Ashanti, T.I., Lil' Scrappy, three posthumous appearances by Kadafi, and Jamal Woolard, who became famous for portraying The Notorious B.I.G. in the 2009 biopic Notorious.

The album features guest appearances from Ashanti and T.I., who appear on the title track "Pac's Life." They also participated in the release of the single version of the song, which was filmed at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts. The World Premiere of "Pac's Life" was on at 7:30 PM on BET's Access Granted on Wednesday, November 22. The video featured on BET's behind the scenes of the filming of "Pac's Life". Krayzie Bone, appears on the album's first single, "Untouchable".

Promotion[edit]

The album was recorded in Van Nuys, California. A week of events was conducted for the celebration of the release. It kicked off on Saturday November 11 at the Vaknin Gallery with "All Eyez On Me: Hip-Hop's Legendary Performers and Photographers," where photographers displayed their material. On Tuesday November 14, at the same venue, a VIP party previewing Pac's Life took place from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The events were then shifted to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) where coat drives were held on Wednesday, November 15 and Friday, November 17 everyone who brought a winter coat received two admission tickets to the Pac's Life album release party. On Monday November 20, a "Pac's Life Teen Art" competition took place from 6-8 PM, where children ages 13–17 competed in an art exhibit contest.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork4.1/10[2]
RapReviews6.5/10[3]
About.com2.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters8/10[6]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[7]

Reviews from critics and fans were mixed, with the general consensus being that while 2Pac's vocals were undoubtedly strong, the modern production sounded commercialized. AllMusic wrote: "This isn't to say that there is not some great material on Pac's Life, because there is ..., but the power of 2Pac's words is often lost behind the modern production ... and new verses from artists like Ludacris, Lil Scrappy, Ashanti, and Young Buck."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Untouchable" (Swizz Beatz Remix) (featuring Krayzie Bone)Swizz Beatz4:16
2."Pac's Life" (featuring T.I. & Ashanti)L.T. Hutton3:38
3."Dumpin'" (featuring Hussein Fatal, Papoose & Carl Thomas)Sha Money XL4:27
4."Playa Cardz Right" (Female) (featuring Keyshia Cole)Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Haggins4:33
5."What'z Next" (featuring A3 & Jay Rock)Salih Williams4:18
6."Sleep" (featuring Young Buck & Chamillionaire)Sha Money XL4:10
7."International" (featuring Nipsey Hussle & Young Dre the Truth)L.T. Hutton and Capital L.S4:01
8."Don't Sleep" (featuring Lil' Scrappy, Nutso, Yaki Kadafi & Stormy)E.D.I. Mean3:36
9."Soon As I Get Home" (featuring Yaki Kadafi)QD33:40
10."Playa Cardz Right" (Male) (featuring Ludacris & Keon Bryce)Sha Money XL4:54
11."Don't Stop" (featuring Big Syke, Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, E.D.I., Young Noble & Stormy)L.T. Hutton5:25
12."Pac's Life" (Remix) (featuring Snoop Dogg, T.I., Ashanti & Chris Starr)L.T. Hutton3:39
13."Untouchable" (featuring Yaki Kadafi, Hussein Fatal & Gravy)Sha Money XL4:25
UK Edition/iTunes Bonus Track
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
14."Dear Mama" (Remix) (featuring Anthony Hamilton)Frank Nitty5:42
Japanese Edition Bonus Track
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
15."Scared Straight"Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Haggins3:29

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 76
Germany (GfK)[9] 71
Canada (Canadian Albums Chart)[9] 19
France (SNEP)[9] 83
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 71
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 62
US Albums Charts[12] 11
US Billboard 200[13] 9
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[13] 3
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[13] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Australia November 18, 2006
Europe November 20, 2006
United States November 21, 2006
Japan[14] December 13, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Marisa. "2Pac - Pac's Life". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom. "2Pac - Pac's Life". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  3. ^ 'Flash' Juon, Steve. "2Pac :: Pac's Life". RapReviews. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  4. ^ 'Rott, Ivan. "2Pac - Pac's Life (Amaru / Interscope) - 2Pac - Pac's Life Review". About.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Serpick, Evan. "Tupac Shakur: Pac's Life". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  6. ^ B. Huff, Quentin. "2pac: Pacs Life". PopMatters. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "2Pac - Pac's Life". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pac's Life - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  9. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - Pac's Life". lescharts.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  11. ^ Steffen Hung (2007-09-28). "2 Pac - Pac's Life". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/r-and-b-albums-chart/20061126/115/
  13. ^ a b c ((( Pac's Life > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
  14. ^ "Pac's Life".