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|1. Bury Me A G|
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|4. Pour Out A Little Liquor|
|5. Stay True|
|6. How Long Will They Mourn Me?|
|7. Under Pressure|
|8. Street Fame|
|9. Cradle To The Grave|
|10. Str8 Ballin'|
Slick, groove-based hip-hop from Tupac Shakur, his half-brother MoPreme, and a handpicked posse that includes Syke, Macadoshis, and the Rated R, along with guest appearances from Nate Dogg and Y.N.V. The huge "Thug Life" tattoo on Tupac's chest shows exactly how committed Shakur was to this long-term project. The first batch of songs Thug Life submitted to Interscope Records was allegedly rejected as being too hardcore for release; the material that was ultimately approved for release as Vol. 1 is very accessible musically and foreshadows the "morbid party" approach Shakur later perfected on All Eyez on Me. "Pour Out a Little Liquor" and "Bury Me a G" are classic 2Pac tracks, and this project shows a remarkable consistency of quality, no matter who's got control of the mic. --Greg Turkington --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I view this record as 2Pac's best. The Machiavelli and Eyez records are nice, but for my money I still favor this one. The ... that Suge Knight and Death Row puts out these days pales in comparison to a real classic like this one. If you are a fan, past or present, pick this one up.
Without a doubt, 2Pac is the star here. See Str8 Ballin' for evidence. But what lures me back to this record time and time again is not 2Pac, it is his supporting cast. Rated R in particular. I can't believe he disappeared after this record. Syke and Mopreme too. The cast compliments one another, and 2Pac has the opportunity to hone only one verse at a time.
Some reviewers have complained about the 10 song playlist. I like it. It reminds me of older, classic records. These guys perfected 10 songs, and didn't worry about releasing a 2 disc set like Pac did later in life.
As I turn to Rock and Soul, I'll always come back and love this record.
This 10 track realease is a good one, definitely recommended for your rap collection, especially if you're a 2Pac fan, and like old school.
10 tracks. No skits. Just pure hip-hop! Lyrically they tell you ghetto stories and shows how they made it through their life and life on the streets is.
Best song is "Pour Out A Little Liquor" where 'Pac does a solo and gives it out for his lost ones. Touching song and a true classic. Besides that you get very much non commerical music which is also one of the reasons I love this record. Pure Hip-Hop! Production is handled mostly by Johnny J himself, and Warren G produces a joint.
Other highlights is Bury Me A G, S*** Don't Stop, Under Pressure, How Long Will They Mourn Me, Str8 Ballin, Stay True and Cradle to the Grave.
This might be 2Pac's most underated project in his career, for the fact that it's a group album, but still a great one. Everybody here gives it up, but where they at? Mopreme had a hard-to-find album out, Syke has some joints out, but Macadoshis and Rated R are totally gone. The blend of the rappers styles is perfect. It's all in the mix on this "str8 from the street" record. Get a copy for yourself. Not only do you get to hear 2Pac, but a whole group of young and hungry rappers back in '94 of course. It's Thug Life.
The album starts off with "Bury Me a G", a nice song to begin with. It uses a nice Isley Brother's sample. "Don't Get It Twisted" features a really nice beat as the members create a faster paced hardcore song. "S--- Don't Stop" uses a great sample of "Aqua Boogie" from Parliament and this song is one of the highlights of the album. "Pour Out a Little Liquor" is a song that everyone should know as this song is dedicated to their fallen friends. "Stay True" uses a nice guitar and drum beat and the song has a nice laid back west-coast feel. "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" is the best song on the album as it is a great tribute song to their friend Kato. Nate Dogg's contribution is amazing as usual. "Under Pressure" features a beat that is amped up and Tupac shows his amazing lyrical skills throughout his verse. Particularly: "You wonder why I made this way/ I wasn't/ Turned out I was raised this way". "Cradle to the Grave" shows each member giving autobiographical accounts of the hardships they had to face growing up. "St8 Ballin'" is a Tupac solo song and has a nice beat sampling Bootsy Collins.
The album is only 10 songs and 40 minutes long, but this is the strength of the album. The listener is given just enough and does not have to sit through any bad songs to fill up space. This album is very reminiscent of the style Tupac took into his "Me Against The World" album. This is a must for all Tupac fans and other fans should check this one out if you like anything Tupac has done.
The next year, "Thug Life Vol. 1" was released. Any1 who knew how much 2Pac loved the "thug life" or thought about the fact that those very words were tatooed on his abdomen would have put 2 and 2 2gether and known that 2Pac was involved in it. Boy, did he find some lyricists here: MoPreme, Syke, Macadoshis, and the Rated R all contributed greatly 2 this project.
Diehard 2Pac fans will, no doubt, say that the best tracks either had him going solo or had him involved in some way. "...Liquor" and "Str8 Ballin'" are bonified Pac tracks, as are "Bury Me A G," "Under Pressure" (which he does with Syke, the one member he would collaborate with more beyond Thug Life), "How Long Will They Mourn Me" (with vocal hooks by the one and only Nate Dogg...2pac was almost irritating on this one, since he seemed 2 want 2 control the whole song, ad-libbing every chance he got), and "Cradle to the Grave" (6 minutes of raw life stories and thoughts from each member...Syke sounds like a deep-voiced version of 2Pac, and MoPreme really shines on this one). One of the best without 2Pac is "Don't Get It Twisted," a warning 2 all not 2 take them lightly.
Sadly, with 2Pac's untimely passing, we may never get 2 envision Vol. 2. That's very unfortunate 4 those who could have grown out of this group. Only Syke and the Rated R have been heard from since this. This collection will be a constant reminder, nonetheless, of what potential this group had. Maybe, just maybe, one day, they will follow the Outlaws' steps, and move on without their mentor.
Most recent customer reviews
woah. this is the road 2 stardom 4 pac. 1st wuz 2pacalypse now which wuz probally a 4 out of 5 then kame strictly 4 my nigg*z which wuz 4 1/2 but this iz tha 1st 5. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2005
The only scenario in which you should not get this CD is if you have only enough money for one album and you don't own Makaveli, Me Against the World, or All Eyez On Me. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Jonathan Gianos-Steinberg
What made me want to buy 2Pac's Thug Life was hearing it's song How Long Will They Mourn Me? with Nate Dogg. This is one of 2Pac's best albums. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Whitey Ford
This is a short album but a very good album. There arent any skits which is a good thing because there are only 10 songs. But these are 10 good songs. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by music/moviefan03
Idk... This cd is iight. Not tupac's best but still is tight!
1. Bury Me A G (8)
2. Don't Get It Twisted (9)
3. Sh¿t Don't Stop (10)
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2Pac at his best and the supporting cast can and do carry their own weight. No skipping on this album and the songs move you along with hearing all of Pac's emotion and energy, one... Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Talton Hall III
Although it only went gold, Thug Life Vol. 1 is one of the best records to come out the West Coast. The beats (provided by Johnny J) are craaaazy and 'Pac, Syke, Machiadosis,... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Paul
I liked this one a friend of mine had this and I listened to it and was completely blown away that was nearly 8 or so years ago. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Jimbo Jones