Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by 2Pac
ReleasedNovember 24, 1998
Recorded1990–1996
GenreHip hop, West Coast hip hop, G-funk, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap, Conscious hip hop,
Length114:43
LabelAmaru, Death Row, Interscope Records
ProducerAfeni Shakur (exec.), Dr. Dre, Tony Pizarro, Big D the Impossible, David Blake, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Daryl, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden, Johnny "J", Suge Knight, Live Squad, Reggie Moore, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac
2Pac chronology
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Changes"
    Released: October 13, 1998
  2. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: January 26, 1999
 
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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by 2Pac
ReleasedNovember 24, 1998
Recorded1990–1996
GenreHip hop, West Coast hip hop, G-funk, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap, Conscious hip hop,
Length114:43
LabelAmaru, Death Row, Interscope Records
ProducerAfeni Shakur (exec.), Dr. Dre, Tony Pizarro, Big D the Impossible, David Blake, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Daryl, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden, Johnny "J", Suge Knight, Live Squad, Reggie Moore, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac
2Pac chronology
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Changes"
    Released: October 13, 1998
  2. "Unconditional Love"
    Released: January 26, 1999

Greatest Hits is a double disc greatest hits album for late rapper 2Pac, released by Amaru/Death Row/Jive/Interscope in 1998. The album's non-chronological sequence highlights 2Pac's career; the 21 popular hits, some slightly re-edited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unreleased songs: the dead friends tribute "God Bless the Dead", the dedication song "Unconditional Love", the tough talk "Troublesome '96", and the album's single "Changes" also helped earn 2Pac the first and only posthumous Grammy Award nomination since for Best Rap Solo Performance. Some tracks have alternate mixes, while "California Love" makes its first proper album appearance after only being available as a single prior. Of the new material, the raw-sounding "God Bless the Dead" has been the subject of the most speculation, owing to its subject matter: an apparent eulogizing of "Biggie Smalls"—a mysterious feat, since Tupac was killed six months before Biggie Smalls. The song has been misinterpreted as a clear and direct homage to Biggie. It actually pays homage to "Biggy Smallz". Biggy Smallz (1979 - 1994) was a Los Angeles rapper and songwriter known for the few collaborations he had with famed hip-hop producer Johnny J. He is the subject of Tupac Shakur's controversial tribute song “God Bless the Dead”. This person should not be confused with The Notorious B.I.G., who went by a similar name: Biggie Smalls. In addition to this, Biggy Smallz is often mistaken with Deon Evans, also known as Big D the Impossible. Evans (who is still alive) is a producer who had worked with Tupac Shakur on his earlier albums 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. According to Nielsen Soundscan, 2Pac’s 1998 Greatest Hits (Interscope) had sold 5,000,000 copies by 2013.[1] In June 2011 it was certified by the RIAA for shipments of over 10 million copies, the late rapper's first ever RIAA Diamond award.[2][3] Tupac Shakur's two-CD Greatest Hits collection debuted at No. 5 with 268,000. [4]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[7]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[9]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleSource AlbumLength
1."Keep Ya Head Up"  from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/19934:24
2."2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg)from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19964:07
3."Temptations"  from Me Against the World, 3/14/19955:02
4."God Bless the Dead"  previously unreleased4:22
5."Hail Mary" (featuring Outlawz, Prince Ital Joe)from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/19965:12
6."Me Against the World" (featuring Dramacydal)from Me Against the World, 3/14/19954:39
7."How Do U Want It?" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo; some lyrics are censored from the original album version)from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19964:48
8."So Many Tears"  from Me Against the World, 3/14/19953:58
9."Unconditional Love"  previously unreleased3:59
10."Trapped" (Some lyrics are censored from the original album version)from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/19914:45
11."Life Goes On"  from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19965:02
12."Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Outlawz) 5:12
Disc 2
No.TitleSource AlbumLength
1."Troublesome '96"  previously unreleased4:36
2."Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister)from 2Pacalypse Now, 11/12/19913:54
3."I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy)from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19964:56
4."I Get Around" (featuring Digital Underground)from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., 2/16/19934:19
5."Changes" (featuring Talent)previously unreleased4:29
6."California Love (4 Minute Mix)" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)from All Eyez on Me (UK Version), 2/13/19964:45
7."Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring Danny Boy, CPO, Big Syke)from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19965:15
8."How Long Will They Mourn Me?" (with Thug Life; featuring Nate Dogg)from Thug Life: Volume 1, 9/26/19943:52
9."Toss It Up" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo, Danny Boy, Aaron Hall; a new mix with some altered lyrics)from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/19964:43
10."Dear Mama"  from Me Against the World, 3/14/19954:40
11."All Bout U" (featuring Nate Dogg, Top Dogg, Outlawz; altered from the original album version)from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19964:33
12."To Live & Die in L.A." (featuring Val Young)from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 11/5/19964:33
13."Heartz of Men"  from All Eyez on Me, 2/13/19964:41

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10]11
Austria (O3 Austria Top 40)[11]15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12]3
Canada (RPM)[13]18
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14]9
Finland (IFPI)[15]10
Netherlands (Mega Album Top 100)[16]1
New Zealand (RIANZ)[17]19
Norway (VG-lista)[18]10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19]40
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20]13
UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)[21]17
US Billboard 200 [22]3
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23]1
Chart (2001)Peak
position
Ireland (FIMI)[24]59
Chart (2003)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[25]30

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[26]72
US Billboard 200[27]16
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[28]8

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[29]2× Platinum140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[30]Platinum100,000^
United States (RIAA)[31]Diamond5,000,000[1]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Unconditional Love"
  • Released: 1998
  • B-side: N/A
"Changes"
  • Released: 1998
  • B-side: N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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