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Me Against The World

2Pac

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Recorded following his near-fatal shooting in New York, and released while he was in prison, Me Against the World is the point where 2Pac really became a legendary figure. Having stared death in the face and survived, he was a changed man on record, displaying a new confessional bent and a consistent emotional depth. By and large, this isn't the sort of material that made him a gangsta icon; this is 2Pac the soul-baring artist, the foundation of the immense respect he commanded in the hip-hop community. It's his most thematically consistent, least-self-contradicting work, full of genuine reflection about how he's gotten where he is -- and dread of the consequences. Even the more combative tracks ("Me Against the World," "Fuck the World") acknowledge the high-risk life he's living, and pause to wonder how things ever went this far. He battles occasional self-loathing, is haunted by the friends he's already lost to violence, and can't escape the desperate paranoia that his own death isn't far in the future. These tracks -- most notably "So Many Tears," "Lord Knows," and "Death Around the Corner" -- are all the more powerful in hindsight with the chilling knowledge that he was right. Even romance takes on a new meaning as an escape from the hellish pressure of everyday life ("Temptations," "Can U Get Away"), and when that's not available, getting high or drunk is almost a necessity. He longs for the innocence of childhood ("Young Niggaz," "Old School"), and remembers how quickly it disappeared, yet he still pays loving, clear-eyed tribute to his drug-addicted mother on the touching "Dear Mama." Overall, Me Against the World paints a bleak, nihilistic picture, but there's such an honest, self-revealing quality to it that it can't help conveying a certain hope simply through its humanity. It's the best place to go to understand why 2Pac is so revered; it may not be his definitive album, but it just might be his best.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Intro Explicit
00:01:40

Unknown, ComposerLyricist - Tony Pizarro, Producer - 2PAC, MainArtist - Dan O'Leary, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jill Rose, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Debby Hambrick, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Diamond, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Jensen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

2
If I Die 2Nite Explicit
00:04:01

Norman Durham, ComposerLyricist - Willie Clarke, ComposerLyricist - Easy Mo Bee, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Betty Wright, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Osten Harvey Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

3
Me Against The World (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:39

Karlin, Producer - SoulShock, Producer - Richard Rudolph, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Karlin, ComposerLyricist - Carsten Schack, ComposerLyricist - Yafeu Fula, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm Greenidge, ComposerLyricist - Burt Bacharach, ComposerLyricist - Hal David, ComposerLyricist - MINNIE RIPERTON, ComposerLyricist - Leon Ware, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Dramacydal, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1995 Interscope Records

4
So Many Tears (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:59

Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - Gregory Jacobs, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Eric Baker, ComposerLyricist - D-Flow Production Squad, Producer

℗ 1995 Interscope Records

5
Temptations (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:05:00

R. Noble, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, ComposerLyricist - David Spradley, ComposerLyricist - Larry Troutman, ComposerLyricist - Easy Mo Bee, Producer, ComposerLyricist - ROGER TROUTMAN, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - Shirley Murdock, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Osten Harvey Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Interscope Records

6
Young Niggaz Explicit
00:04:53

Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Le-Morrious "Funky Drummer" Tyler, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Moe Z, ComposerLyricist - Moe Z. M.D., Producer

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

7
Heavy In The Game Explicit
00:04:21

Mike Mosley, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sam Bostic, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Richie Rich, FeaturedArtist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

8
Lord Knows Explicit
00:04:30

Tony Pizarro, Producer - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Moe Z. M.D., Producer - Brian G., Producer

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

9
Dear Mama (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:39

JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Tony Pizarro, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Moses, Producer - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Df Master Tee, Producer

℗ 1995 Interscope Records

10
It Ain't Easy Explicit
00:04:53

Tony Pizarro, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

11
Can U Get Away Explicit
00:05:45

Mike Mosley, Producer, ComposerLyricist - FRANKIE BEVERLY, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

12
Old School Explicit
00:04:38

SoulShock, Producer - Ezi Cut, Producer - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - John Buchanan, ComposerLyricist - Donald Tillery, ComposerLyricist - Jay B, Producer

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

13
Fuck The World Explicit
00:04:12

Shock G, Producer - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - Gregory Jacobs, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

14
Death Around The Corner Explicit
00:04:07

Johnny "J", Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

15
Outlaw Explicit
00:04:32

Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Dramacydal, FeaturedArtist - Moe Z, ComposerLyricist - Moe Z. M.D., Producer

℗ 1995 Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

Album Description

Recorded following his near-fatal shooting in New York, and released while he was in prison, Me Against the World is the point where 2Pac really became a legendary figure. Having stared death in the face and survived, he was a changed man on record, displaying a new confessional bent and a consistent emotional depth. By and large, this isn't the sort of material that made him a gangsta icon; this is 2Pac the soul-baring artist, the foundation of the immense respect he commanded in the hip-hop community. It's his most thematically consistent, least-self-contradicting work, full of genuine reflection about how he's gotten where he is -- and dread of the consequences. Even the more combative tracks ("Me Against the World," "Fuck the World") acknowledge the high-risk life he's living, and pause to wonder how things ever went this far. He battles occasional self-loathing, is haunted by the friends he's already lost to violence, and can't escape the desperate paranoia that his own death isn't far in the future. These tracks -- most notably "So Many Tears," "Lord Knows," and "Death Around the Corner" -- are all the more powerful in hindsight with the chilling knowledge that he was right. Even romance takes on a new meaning as an escape from the hellish pressure of everyday life ("Temptations," "Can U Get Away"), and when that's not available, getting high or drunk is almost a necessity. He longs for the innocence of childhood ("Young Niggaz," "Old School"), and remembers how quickly it disappeared, yet he still pays loving, clear-eyed tribute to his drug-addicted mother on the touching "Dear Mama." Overall, Me Against the World paints a bleak, nihilistic picture, but there's such an honest, self-revealing quality to it that it can't help conveying a certain hope simply through its humanity. It's the best place to go to understand why 2Pac is so revered; it may not be his definitive album, but it just might be his best.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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