Fans Choose 2Pac’s Best Album
Today (June 16), would've been Tupac Shakur's 45th birthday. A staple of '90s hip-hop, a certified West Coast legend and arguably the most influential rapper dead or alive, Tupac made more of an impact on pop culture at 25 years old than most MCs do in their entire career. From his larger-than-life bravado, an unapologetic attitude and advocacy for political freedom, 'Pac became a shining example of what a rap activist could be. Plus, he could rap his ass off. From records like “Changes,” “Dear Mama” and “Keep Ya Head Up,” which conveyed his unbelievable candor, to party starters like “I Get Around” and “California Love,” which showcased his pop star power, young Makaveli left a musical legacy similar to the likes of other greats outside his genre like Bob Marley, Jon Lennon and David Bowie.
Shakur dropped his first album, 2Pacalypse Now, on Nov. 12, 1991. The former backup dancer's debut was overtly political and spawned the classic track “Brenda’s Gotta Baby." 1993's Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... was considered his "breakout," Me Against the World solidified his stardom and shifted him into a more commercial light with "Dear Mama" and "So Many Tears." The last album released while 'Pac was still with us, All Eyez on Me, was considered his magnum opus, housing "California Love" and "I Ain't Mad at Cha" and becoming certified diamond as of 2014.
With four releases during his life and another six albums dropped posthumously under either Death Row or Interscope, fans of the Outlaw have plenty of material to choose from. But still, it's no easy task. Here's what fans had to tell XXL when we asked them on Twitter to choose 'Pac's best album.