2Pac : Thugz Mansion

...pulses with intelligence and vitality...

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 [a]2Pac[/a] dreams about a gangstas-only hidey-hole away from the pressures of the street, a place that’s made to feel like heaven by a chorus about “[I]a paradise in the sky[/I]”. The clear subtext is that [a]2Pac[/a] knew where he was headed and is happy now. Amazingly, you almost believe it.

Ian Watson