2Pac
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2Pacalypse Now (1991), 5/10
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993), 6/10
Me Against the World (1995), 6.5/10
All Eyez on Me (1996), 6.5/10
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2Pac is the second alias of Tupac Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks), the former member of Digital Underground who adopted the gangsta-rap aesthetic for 2Pacalypse Now (Interscope, 1991) and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (Interscope, 1993), with I Get Around and Keep Your Head Up. He also formed the group Thug Life, which recorded Volume 1 (1994).

His most powerful album was Me Against the World (Interscope, 1995), produced by Sam Bostic, released while he was in jail for a sexual assault. Both gloomy and explosive, it covered a vast spectrum of styles, from homicidal to sensitive, while remaining true to the gangster persona. Several songs reference death (If I Die 2Nite, Death Around the Corner, So Many Tears). Much of the anger and fear gone, 2Pac adopted a more "domestic" stance on the uneven All Eyez on Me (Interscope, 1996), the first double album of hip-hop music, produced by Dr Dre, Mike Mosley and many others (California Love, Can't C Me).

He also released Makaveli's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Death Row, 1996) and Tupac Shakur's The Rose That Grew From Concrete (Interscope, 2000), besides 2Pac's R U Still Down? (Jive, 1997) and Until the End of Time (Interscope, 2001).

He was shot dead in 1996.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Giuseppe Schiavoni)

2Pac è il secondo pseudonimo di Tupac Shakur (all’anagrafe Lesane Parish Crooks), ex membro dei Digital Underground, che adotta l’estetica gangsta-rap per i dischi 2Pacalypse Now (Interscope, 1991) e Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (Interscope, 1993), che contiene I Get Around e Keep Your Head Up. Forma anche il gruppo Thug Life, con cui registra Volume 1 (1994).

Il suo album più potente è Me Against the World (Interscope, 1995), prodotto da Sam Bostic, realizzato mentre è in prigione, accusato di violenza sessuale. Esplosivo e malinconico allo stesso tempo, copre un ampio spettro di stili, da quello omicida a quello sensibile, rimanendo però fedele al personaggio del gangster. Parecchie canzoni parlano di morte (If I Die 2Nite, Death Around the Corner, So Many Tears). Scacciate via rabbia e paura, 2Pac adotta un atteggiamento più tranquillo nel discontinuo All Eyez on Me (Interscope, 1996), il primo album doppio nella storia della musica hip-hop, prodotto da Dr Dre, Mike Mosley e molti altri (California Love, Can't C Me).

Con il nome di Makaveli realizza anche The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Death Row, 1996), e come Tupac Shakur The Rose That Grew From Concrete (Interscope, 2000), affiancati da R U Still Down? (Jive, 1997) e Until the End of Time (Interscope, 2001), accreditati come 2Pac.

Tupac viene assassinato nel 1996.

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