2Pac News

  • 10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
    10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
    May 16, 2015 at 01:38pm
    What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
  • Hey Mama: The Chillest Rapper Moms
    Hey Mama: The Chillest Rapper Moms
    May 10, 2015 at 11:49am
    Mother's Day is upon us.
  • Kendrick Lamar Explains "The Blacker The Berry", "Mortal Man" & More
    Kendrick Lamar Explains "The Blacker The Berry", "Mortal Man" & More
    Apr 1, 2015 at 04:56pm
    Yesterday, MTV released Part 1 of their interview with Kendrick Lamar, in which the Compton rapper revealed the meaning behind the To Pimp a Butterfly album title and the initial title of Tu Pimp a Caterpillar (acronym for Tupac).
  • Kendrick Lamar Reveals Meaning Behind "To Pimp A Butterfly" Album Title
    Kendrick Lamar Reveals Meaning Behind "To Pimp A Butterfly" Album Title
    Mar 31, 2015 at 07:48pm
    To Pimp a Butterfly is still sitting at #1 on the charts, though two weeks after its release, Kendrick Lamar just shared some revelatory information about his most ambitious project to date. In an interview with MTV, Kendrick explains the original title of the album was Tu Pimp a Caterpillar, the initials of which spell out Tupac, who, of course, made an appearance on the album's final track "Mortal Man".
  • New Tupac Music Is On The Way
    New Tupac Music Is On The Way
    Mar 28, 2015 at 12:53pm
    We recently heard Tupac make an appearance on "Mortal Man", the last track off Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. The recording was taken from a 1994 interview, but it was still chilling to hear Shakur's voice almost 20 years after his death. Now, according to Billboard, we could be hearing brand new Tupac music in the near future. 
  • The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers
    The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers
    Mar 17, 2015 at 01:08pm
    Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel to one of Ben Stiller's best-loved movies: "Zoolander." It won't be the first time Mr.
  • Listen To The Tupac Interview Sampled On Kendrick Lamar's "Mortal Man"
    Listen To The Tupac Interview Sampled On Kendrick Lamar's "Mortal Man"
    Mar 16, 2015 at 01:30pm
    One of the most interesting moments on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly comes in the lengthy closer, "Mortal Man," when he simulates a conversation with Tupac by sampling a rare interview with the West Coast legend. As the album opener, "Wesley's Theory," includes a sound bite from Dr. Dre, the album is bookended by quotes from two of Cali's greatest. 
  • Classic Rotation: 2Pac's "Me Against The World"
    Classic Rotation: 2Pac's "Me Against The World"
    Mar 14, 2015 at 10:24am
    On March 14th, 1995, Tupac Shakur released some of his finest work in the form of Me Against The World. The album, which is considered by many as his magnum opus, is comprised of 15 tracks on which Shakur wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s always had a way of conveying his emotions in their rawest form, a rarity in a rap scene that is littered with superficial tall tales. 
  • 2Pac Letter Reveals Potential Supergroup With OutKast, Scarface, E-40 & More
    2Pac Letter Reveals Potential Supergroup With OutKast, Scarface, E-40 & More
    Feb 6, 2015 at 02:46pm
    Ah, what could've been. The most recent discovered treasure penned by Tupac Shakur is a letter to his friend Big Lock. Unfortunately, there's no date on the letter, but in it, Pac tells Lock that his record sold five million copies, so it's safe to assume he means All Eyez On Me, which was released February 1996. He would be killed in September of the same year.
  • #TBT: Scarface's Classics
    #TBT: Scarface's Classics
    Jan 8, 2015 at 01:43pm
    Houston, Texas has birthed some incredible rappers. One of them goes by Scarface, and together with Geto Boys, he helped to put Houston on the rap music map. With a style all his own, the baritone MC has released 11 solo albums along with doing countless features and more. Some of those songs helped to shape hip-hop throughout the past 30 years.
  • Chris Brown Gets 2Pac Lyrics Painted On His Lamborghini
    Chris Brown Gets 2Pac Lyrics Painted On His Lamborghini
    Nov 20, 2014 at 04:45pm
    What's better than a matte black Lamborghini Gallardo? A matte black Lamborghini Gallardo with the lyrics of 2Pac's "Lord Knows" painted on it, if you're asking Chris Brown. The singer, who let us know his "Thug Life" status a few months ago by saying that he's "cordial" with L.A. Bloods, enlisted tattoo artist Huero to paint the custom text on his whip.
  • Handwritten Poetry From A 17-Year Old Tupac Surfaces
    Handwritten Poetry From A 17-Year Old Tupac Surfaces
    Oct 30, 2014 at 02:46pm
    Here's a good way to celebrate Throwback Thursday. Today Noisey has unearthed some previously unreleased handwritten poetry from the legendary Tupac, written before his rise to fame, when he was just 17-years old. The rapper's first manager (who is also a poet herself), Leila Steinberg, is responsible for letting these handwritten gems see the light of day. The three poems, titled "Things That Make Hearts Break," "Cupid’s Smile II" and "A Love Unspoken," give us some insight into the famed rapper before he shook up the rap game. Check out the poems in the gallery above. 
  • #TBT: 10 Killer Death Row Records Cuts
    #TBT: 10 Killer Death Row Records Cuts
    Oct 2, 2014 at 01:52pm
    Death Row Records had quite the run in the 90s. Picking up where N.W.A left off, Suge Knight assembled an all-star crew that would come to epitomize the West Coast hip-hop sound, along with bringing it to popularity. 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and others dropped classic after classic on the controversial label. The label dominated in the early 90s, but when Tupac Shakur was murdered, it began to take a downward spiral. The label filed bankruptcy in 2006 before being auctioned off to WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Inc. for $18 million in 2009.
  • 2Pac's "All Eyez On Me" Achieves Diamond Sales
    2Pac's "All Eyez On Me" Achieves Diamond Sales
    Aug 1, 2014 at 01:20pm
    2Pac's 1996 album, All Eyez On Me, has earned the rare honor of achieving 10 million in U.S. sales, otherwise known as 'diamond' status. As of this week, the album has shipped 5 million copies, and since double albums count as two sales a piece, that number gets bumped up to 10 mill.
  • 2pac's Murder Examined In A New National Geographic Documentary
    2pac's Murder Examined In A New National Geographic Documentary
    Jul 3, 2014 at 03:53am
    Close to two decades after Tupac Shakur was murdered on the Los Vegas strip, the rapper's murder remains unsolved. A segment released today for National Geographic's upcoming six-hour documentary "The '90s: The Last Great Decade?" tackles this issue with insight from the likes of Arsenio Hall, "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" director Gobi Rahimi--who was with the rapper on the night of his death--and Malcolm Greenridge, member of the Tupac-affiliated group The Outlawz.
  • Jermaine Dupri On Chris Brown: "He's Gonna Be More Famous Than Tupac"
    Jermaine Dupri On Chris Brown: "He's Gonna Be More Famous Than Tupac"
    Jun 29, 2014 at 03:50pm
    Hot 97's Miss Info has been breaking stories left and right at her BET Awards press table. Yesterday, she managed to get Meek Mill to spill the beans on a track from his thus-far-secretive upcoming album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, and now she's gotten Jermaine Dupri to Chris Brown some of the highest praise possible: a comparison to 2Pac.
  • Samples Of The Week: June 19
    Samples Of The Week: June 19
    Jun 19, 2014 at 09:48am
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". 
  • A Look At The Life Of Tupac Shakur
    A Look At The Life Of Tupac Shakur
    Jun 16, 2014 at 01:45pm
    Today Tupac would have been 43. Tragically, Shakur's life was cut short at the age of just 25 after being shot in Las Vegas. Years on, Tupac is still treasured as a legend in hip hop for his outstanding discography clocking up 11 album and 44 singles.  Shakur remains one of the most talented, charismatic icons to represent West Coast hip hop. His abilities were not just limited to music, as he also took up a number of acting roles in films, something he was passionate about from a young age.
  • 2Pac Reveals Plot Against Him In Previously-Unheard Phone Conversation
    2Pac Reveals Plot Against Him In Previously-Unheard Phone Conversation
    Jun 5, 2014 at 03:06pm
    We've got a pretty crazy news story for you, fam. A previously-unheard phone conversation between 2Pac and Sanyika Shakur (AKA Monster) has just surfaced, and it contains new information about an alleged plot against Pac. According to the man himself, the woman who accused him of rape in 1993 had connections with the people who attacked and shot him in 1994 at the Quad Recording Studio in New York (not the attack that killed him, that was in 1996). As Shakur originally accused Puff Daddy and his associates of orchestrating the attack, this is pretty big news.
  • A Brief History Of The Best Movie Roles Played By Rappers
    A Brief History Of The Best Movie Roles Played By Rappers
    May 5, 2014 at 02:19pm
    Today most celebrities are either double or triple threats, expanding their careers into other forms of the entertainment world. Rappers are no exception to this surge of multi-talented public figures and have been a part of the growth for sometime now. As far as additional career ventures many of these eminent figures in hip hop have undertaken acting.
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