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  • Audio CD (March 8 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B0008237BY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
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1. Bomb First (My Second Replay)
2. Hail Mary
3. Toss It Up
4. To Live & Die In L.A.
5. Blasphemy
6. Life Of An Outlaw
7. Just Like Daddy
8. Krazy
9. White Man'z World
10. Me And My Girlfriend
11. Hold Ya Head
12. Against All Odds

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For this release, Tupac Shakur adopted the pseudonym "Makaveli" in honor of the philosopher Machiavelli, author of the devious politician's handbook The Prince. Contractually his final effort for Death Row, it was recorded in seven days and was released on schedule in October 1996, despite Shakur's death a month earlier. Shakur was unparalleled at balancing the upbeat and the morbidly grim, and tracks like "Toss It Up" are such wonderfully catchy pop songs that the nasty lyrical digs at his then-current crop of enemies seem almost subliminal. Not so with album closer "Against All Odds," in which Shakur spells out very explicitly who he thinks was responsible for his ambush shooting in New York City. Overall, the Makaveli album feels so much like one man's complete exorcism of an overload of pent-up personal and professional pressures that it's hard not to believe that Shakur had all eyes on a new direction for the future. --Gregg Turkington --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
2pac, Makaveli, The Don Killuminati, whatever he calls himself the fact remains that he is the greatest rapper of all time. This was his last masterpiece, a must-have for any true 2pac fan. The Intro is very harsh, 2pac attacks several east coast rapper's including Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and Jay-Z. Next comes "Hail Mary" which is one of 2pac's greatest songs ever, that's why you can find it on his "Greatest Hits" album. "Toss it Up" is more of a party track with a bumpin' beat and lots of R&B singing. Next is my favorite song on the album "To Live & Die in L.A." a laid back track with a very nice beat where 2pac tells us why he loves L.A. so much. "Blasphemy" is kind of a dark track with a lot of emotion. On "Life of an Outlaw" 2pac & the Outlaws rap with a lot of energy that is balanced by a nice laid back R&B chourus. "Just Like Daddy" is a slower song where 2pac talks about treating women just like a daddy would. "Krazy" is a very good song with a laid back vibe. "White Man'z World" is a very powerfull track with an obvious message. The next track "Me and My Girlfriend" is great song, just ask Jay-Z. "Hold Ya Head" is a song that 2pac sends out to everbody in prison, telling them to keep their heads up. The last song "Against All Odds" is another diss record dedicated to the east coast (Puff Daddy is added to the hit list). Overall this is a classic album with no filler every song has a meaning.
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This album has a polarizing effect on many people, including plenty of Pac's biggest fans. Some (like me) believe this is the greatest rap album of all time. Others rate it as middle of the road among just Pac's anthology.
Pac drops the party atmosphere that was constantly portrayed on All Eyez On Me and strictly gets down to business on this album. What follows was an album that he (miraculously) completed in 7 days, a majority of which was done in 3 days.
This album captures the essence Pac being a living contradition of "thug angel," a gangsta with an introspective, soft side. The album is monochromatic, switching from disses and hard tracks right into introspective, soft tracks. The production on this album is better than All Eyez On Me, peaking of course with Hail Mary, and Pac's lyrical abilities as an MC were improving up to the night of September 7th, 1996.
In addition to the music, there's one other reason this album will forever remain timeless. With Pac laying extra vocal layers and talking throughout most of the tracks, and some possible additions by Death Row itself, it takes multiple listens to catch every word or hear everything in a track. There was a debate over the intro of Hail Mary, the intro of Hold Ya Head, and still nobody is sure what's said at the beginning of Bomb First. This album is mysterious, engrossing, hard and soft all at the same time, without a skip in the album.
If All Eyez On Me cemented Pac as a rap god and the biggest name in rap history, the Makaveli CD may have cemented Pac as the greatest rapper of all time.
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1.)Intro bomb first (my second reply) (featuring e.d.i & young noble) 10/10 This was a diss to anyone 2pac doesn't like at the time.
2.)Hail Mary (featuring The Outlawz) 10/10 a cold beat that if any rapper rap to it they would sound good. And Pac had great verses. Eminem, 50 cent, and Busta Rhymes redid this song to diss Ja Rule.
3.)Toss it Up 9/10 the chrous is very good, this is a song more for the ending. except at the ending when he disses Dr.Dre.
4.)To Live & Die in LA (featuring Val Young) 10/10 2pac mostly talks about LA.
5.)Blasphemy 10/10 2pac talks about alot of things in this song. His father, Malcome X, Heaven and more.
6.)Life of an Outlaw (featuring The Outlawz) 8/10 They talk about living as an Outlaw and what you go through as one.
7.)Just Like Daddy (featuring Outlawz) 9/10 This is for the ladies too, they talk about what they will do for a women. Saying it's ok for their girl to call them daddy.
8.)Krazy (featuring somebody???) 10/10 one of my favorite songs on here, 2pac tells about how messed up things are for him. So he feels crazy, you have to listen to it.
9.)White Man's World 9/10 2pac tells how you should think if your a young black boy (like me) in this white man's world.
10.)Me & My GirlFriend 9/10 It is like two crimnal couples getting away from the law. You do know Jay-Z redid this song, but I like Pac's more.
11.)Hold Ya Head (Featuring Tyrone Wrice) 9/10 2pac and Tyrone tell ya got to keep your head up. Even through the worst of situations.
12.)Against All Odds 10/10 2pac disses alot of people on here Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Nas, P. Diddy, but that's just some of them. 50 cent redid some of this song to diss Ja on that Hail Mary song he did with Eminem and Busta Rhymes.
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I like Tupac, but "The 7 Day Theory" is a mediocre piece.
Its not good, its not bad, its just so mediocre it can be.
I think both hes best lyrics, rap and flow is introduced in "Me Against The World"
The best melodies and variation in "All Eyez On Me"
And the best individual songs in "2Pacalypse Now" & "Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z" (brendas got a baby, keep ya head up, trapped, point the finga, strictly for my niggaz, souljas story)
Its not a totally boring album, good songs emerge here and there but when its mixed up with boring opposites its not funny..
As an example, "Toss It Up" is a song on Greatest Hits, and i cant believe it..
that song is so horrible both the melody, lyric and rap, in my opinion one of hes absolute worst.
And I really cant stand the strange sounds he makes in the song "Krazy" :
"I see blodds and crips runnin up the hill,
Lookin for a better waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay..
My brothas and sistas it's time to bail,
Cuz even thug niggas praaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.."
It seems like hes trying to make the rhyme better just by extend the last words (waaaaaaay, praaaaaay) and it sounds bad.
And its many other things I dont like about some songs.
Maybe im "too" negative right now, so im jumping to the good things :
There is good songs, very good songs.. and one of them is my all-time favourite Tupac song called "Blasphemy" (probably surprising many Tupacfans whos reading this).
Dark melody and I think the lyric is real good especially this :
"I got advice from my father
All he told me was this
Nigga get off your ass
If you plan to be rich
There's ten rules to the game
but I'll share with you two
Know, niggas gon' hate for whatever you do
Now rule one get yo cash on M.O.B.
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