Although i am not a huge fan of rap, especially the rap that is out now a days, i just had to write a review of this classic. A young Tupac Shakur, who is in my opinion the true king of hip hop releases this anti-commericial gem of an album way back in 91. Forget the big bass heavy drum beats, the fake thug posing , the tough guy lyrics and rap wars. This is as real as it gets. tupac raps visionary lines through a series of minimalist but very attractable beats. Remember this was written in 91 before the west coast sound was changed by death row records. This proves an album could stand the test of time without having those pounding futuristic beats. Just simple catchy songs and great songwriting and performing by the young tupac shakur. To think a 20 year old could write something so astounding and meaningful with his first album is absolutely incredible. This album proves tupac's genious more so than any other of the records in his catalogue. Songs like violent, young black male, soulja's story, and brenda's got a baby are so real and written so well it hurts. Part time mutha is my personal favorite tupac song of all time. very brilliant catchy use of the motown beat, with lyrics and imagery unparalelled in rap history. Completely sucks you in to a story of a young women from the ghetto, molested and inpregnated, abused, and poverty sticken. The unknown voice of a female rapper used to play the part. This just does not happen in rap today. the imagery and story telling, the realness of this album has not and will not be touched again. Rest in peace Tupac Shakur. The best mind in hip hop history.