2Pac : Thugz Mansion

2Pac : Thugz Mansion

It’s easy to feel cynical about another "new" release from a rapper who was gunned to death in 1996, but ‘Thugz Mansion’ pulses with intelligence and vitality, along with the inevitable dose of spooky prescience. Here 2Pac dreams about a...

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2-Pac : Better Days

2-Pac : Better Days

It's all quite impressive. Tupac has now made almost as many albums since 1996 as Jay-Z has, and also according to the inner sleeve, got engagements booked until the beginning of 2004, too. Nothing in his life was certain, but in his death,...

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2Pac : Letter 2 My Unborn

2Pac : Letter 2 My Unborn

Rum bugger, Johnny Icon, what? How, exactly, does one become a cult figure? What's the criterion? Well, it's not talent, obviously, or Cerys Matthews would be the coolest pop dude on the planet and the caterwauling frog-cougher Ian Brown would...

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2Pac : Until The End Of Time

2Pac : Until The End Of Time

One of the main motivations for any reggae or rap superstar fighting off the Grim Reaper as long as possible is to prevent mom from getting in there and executively producing your unfinished doodles. 'Until The End Of The Time' is not quite Bob...

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2Pac : Until The End of Time

2Pac : Until The End of Time

Death has always generated serious revenue for the music industry. Die a young and violent - or drug-related - death, as an artist, and you can be guaranteed posthumous tributes and a garland of sales that were perhaps unachievable in real life....

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

There's no doubt that Tupac's untimely passing has left an impenetrable void in the heart of hip-hop. A void record labels have been desperate to fill with a woeful array of applicants. From one-dimensional hunk DMX to the Real Hand Shandy Eminem....

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