Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tupac to release another posthumous album.

Yet another “new” Tupac Shakur album will be released on Nov. 21, more than ten years since the his death, according to this story by Billboard.

The eighth posthumous Tupac release is entitled Pac’s Life, and will feature collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and T.I.

When will the madness cease? Tupac may be the only artist to have released more material after he died than when he was living. And the sad thing is that these releases are not being released the way he intended.

Most of the albums released since his death feature vocals from unreleased and rare songs, paired with production and guest artists that Tupac never shared a studio with. Even worse, many of these “collaborations” are with artists he never got along with or who were not even making music at the time of his death.

The last Tupac release, Loyal To The Game, was a mash-up of both unreleased and highly-recognizable Tupac verses matched with production by Eminem and guest appearances by G-Unit. These mash-ups with current hip-hop artists is unethical in my eyes and presents a distorted view of Tupac’s material and legacy.


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