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  • Audio CD (March 8 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B0008237BY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
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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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While in prison, Tupac Shakur studied the works of Makaveli, and used it as an alias for The Don Killuminati, which amounts to little more than a call to war. The 7 Day Theory, released less than two months after his death, is a slightly grisly listen. From the distinctly uneasy experience of 2Pac cussing Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z and Nas on the intro, you are then faced with the prospect of listening to a very macabre album. The DVD Side of the Dual Disc edition includes never-before-released footage and more. Koch. 2005.

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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Exit 2Pac, Enter Makaveli....Subtle notes in the inside cover of the album that many consider to be Tupac Shakur's most controversial record. Pac had originally planned this record to be his rebirth. The rebirth of a general out to expose the fakers in the hip-hop game. Fate changed his plans, however, instead the 7 Day Theory became the first posthumous album released from Shakur only a month after his death. An eerie album at that. A shocking cover of a crucified Shakur alone added fuel to rumors of him faking his own death. Double-meanings in verses also had many fans shaking their heads. The album itself included vicious disses to some of the East Coast's finest (Nas, Mobb Deep, Puffy, Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls) on "Bomb First" and "Against All Odds." East Coast heads, however, weren't the only recipients of the Death Row assault. Suge Knight's influence was apparent on the track "Toss It Up" where Makaveli tore apart Dr. Dre on an extremely personal level going as far as to question his manhood. Disses aside, some of Pac's greatest moments can be found on this record. Take the virtually flawless "Hail Mary" or the Left Coast anthem "To Live and Die in LA". Pac doesn't falter on the introspective side either with heart-felt moments including "White Manz World" and "Hold Ya Head". And to those back-packing naysayers who complained about the minimal use of methaphors in Pac's verses, please skip to "Me and My Girlfriend" and witness a song-long metaphor about the passion between a man and his 9mm. Truth is that Makaveli was about emotions and not similes. Take the soul-wrenching "Krazy" where Makaveli declares "Blame me for the outcome, playing my records. Check this. Don't have to bump this but please respect this." That's his stance on this record, love him or hate him. You have to respect Makaveli's place in rap history whether "breathin' or dead."
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Makaveli is arguably Tupac Shakur's greatest record. Released just a few months after his untimely death, and featuring some of the most disturbing lyrics from this man who supposedly went mad after he was shot 5 times the first time. But to me, that shooting just opened his eyes. Extremely prophetic and poetic with so many references to death and him calling out the fake busters which really made no sense back then but makes perfect sense today. (Jay-Z fell off the worst and Mobb Deep went straight soft, Dr. Dre is really showing signs of his other side with his appearance although he still makes tight beats, Nas is the only one that has maintained his illness.) The production if I must say is excellent. Tupac's flow is sick the whole way through, opting for his slow flow a little more on this album. Me & My Girlfriend; one of Pac's greatest songs, is a chilling metaphor about his gun. I didn't catch on to the metaphor until someone actually pointed it out to me, but that makes that song so much more special. He disses and dismisses Jay- Z, Nas and Mobb Deep on Against All Odds-another chilling battle track packed with anger and lyrical adeptness, and Bomb First. These three artists are now all mysteriously beefing... Tupac takes stabs at Dr. Dre as well on Toss It Up and To Live & Die In LA.
On this album you could tell that his patience was wearing thin and his trust for others except his real friends had already faded. This is one of the most open portraits of this misunderstood troubled man. Krazy, White Man'z World, Hold Ya Head are all classics and drop knowledge. Tupac really was a special person and it is a shame he had to take the thug way to his demise.
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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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