I've listened to a lot of music, mostly black metal and hiphop, and i have got to say, that nothing comes close to this.
You might feel a certain alleigance for some other rappers, like nas, biggie, snoop etc.
I guarantee that after hearing this record, those alleigances will change, almost every track is a piece of hiphop genius, from "dear mama," to the frankly shocking "hit-em-up."
Let me just say that hit em up is undoubtedly the greatest outpouring of pure hate and rage i have ever heard, ever - how death row had the nerve to relase this i dont know.
Along with the superbly aggressive tracks, and they are fantastic, there are the more thoughtful, introspective, songs where pac really shines - "keep ya head up," "unconditional love," "dear mama," life goes on," "changes," and plenty others, just listen, ignore the swearing (don't worry it's not just for the sake of it), and just listen to the message.
This is an utterly essential buy wether you're a priest or a murderer, this compilation will change you're life if you listen to it right.
2Pac is up there in that true echelon of generation changing artists, and with a few omissions, this is the real deal, ignore every other hiphop record ever released.