Today in Hip-Hop: 2Pac Drops ‘Me Against the World’ Album
On this day, March 14, in hip-hop history...
1995: 2Pac released his third solo studio album Me Against the World on March 14, 1995. Featuring classic tracks like "Dear Momma" and "So Many Tears," the album was hailed by critics as one of the best albums of 1995 and 2Pac's most personal work to date. Composed of leftover tracks from Thug Life Vol. 1 recorded during the period between '93 and '94, Me Against the World was released while Pac was serving a one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half year sentence for sexual abuse.
One of the most obvious and eerie themes of Me Against The World was ‘Pac spitting so prolifically about his own death. ‘Pac and his Outlawz had been involved in shootings before, but as if predicting the future, songs like “If I Die 2Nite,” “Lord Knows” and “Outlaw” directly reference Tupac going through a shooting which would result in his death, which happened in 1996.
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 over copies in its first week. It was certified double platinum by the end of 1996, and was later recognized by the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame as, "one of the most influential and popular albums" in recent music history. More than 20 years later, Me Against The World remains 'Pac's most positively reviewed album and a ceritified classic.