Tupac Shakur’s ‘Until the End of Time’ Album Released—Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, March 27, in hip-hop history...
2001: Even after his 1996 death, hip-hop fans still couldn’t get enough of Tupac Shakur. On March 27, 2001, the camp of the West Coast legend dropped his third posthumous studio album (and his ninth overall) titled Until the End of Time.
All of Pac's vocals on the album had been previously recorded between 1995 and 1996. Proving the rapper's work ethic and scope of his creativity, the two-disc release boasted a total of twenty nine previously unheard tracks. Features on the record include K-Ci & JoJo, Thug Life member Big Syke and members of the Shakur-formed crew Outlawz. 2pac's mother, Afeni Shakur, Suge Knight and Johnny Lee Jackson, aka Johnny J, were executive producers on the album.
Headed by the emotional singles "Until the End of Time", which sampled the Mr. Mister ballad "Broken Wings", and "Letter 2 My Unborn," the album had a sentimental and ominous feel.
"Until The End of Time" quickly became one of Pac's more popular posthumous songs. The very personal song was about loyalty, and love for your fellow man. "The money and the fame made us all change places/How could it be? Through the misery that came to pass," Pac reflected.
Gangsta rap fans further mourned the loss of their lyrical hero, making Until the End of Time debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 400,000 in the first week. In 2014, RIAA certified the album 4x platinum.
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