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Classic Album Review: 2Pac | Better Dayz

The rap poet's umpeenth release from beyond the grave follows a familiar formula.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


No wonder some people think Tupac Shakur is still alive — he’s never been more prolific.

In the six years since the rapper was gunned down in Vegas, various record labels have put out not one, not two, but more than a dozen different albums, collections and retrospective — nearly all containing at least some previously unreleased material. The two-disc Better Dayz, Shakur’s umpeenth release from beyond the grave, follows the same formula. Reportedly recorded around the same period as 1996’s Don Killuminati, these 26 cuts are a mix of new, old and revamped material built around Shakur’s thug-poet lyrics and set to bass-whomping Dre-style G-funk. And while it has its moments — tracks that taunt rival and fellow slain rapper Biggie Smalls or revel in 2Pac’s preoccupation with untimely death produce the occasional chills — the disc’s historical value doesn’t outweigh the increasingly sleazy nature of these albums. Let the poor guy rest in peace already — if he’s actually dead, that is.