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Great Albums of 1996: Tupac Makaveli: The Don Killuminati - The 7 Day Theory



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Life after Tupac has not been quite the same in the game of rap music since he passed away twenty years ago. Since his death we seen hip hop reach a billion in album sales, rappers become richer and richer. The Rise of southern hip-hop and many other things has happened since Tupac left this earth. On the day he passed on September 13th 1996, those of us that were fans of this artist did not know what was next.

Keep in mind we did not have social media or streaming sites during this time period. All we had to rely on was  the news, MTV, BET, radio etc. To find out what was next in the chapters after Tupac death. After his passing there were rumors that there was one more album coming out called Makaveli: The Don Killuminati- The 7 Day Theory.

A couple weeks after Tupac died two videos came out,  one was called "Toss it up" feat. Aaron Hall, K-CI & JoJo and Danny Boy. And then there was "To Live and Die in LA"; Those were the two of the lead singles off the upcoming album that had me and I know plenty of others confused. For one he just died and two new songs were coming out.  Those videos spark a lot of debates on whether or not Tupac was really dead.

Now I am not saying I am a genius, however common sense would suggest those videos were shot before he had died. This is a time where I was collecting and reading the latest urban music magazines. And in those magazines they would have the behind the scenes of music videos and movie sets. At that time Tupac was making a slew of music videos after he was released from prison. Keep in mind he left prison in October 1995 and released "All Eyez On Me" in February 1996.

So videos coming out after his a passing was not far fetched, however the timing was questionable for sure. We was still enjoying the AEOM project up until the shooting.  Trying to digest the idea that Tupac was no longer here was hard enough to swallow. Let alone be presented with another project so quickly.  In 1996 we was not use to albums coming out so quickly like it did with both AEOM and Makaveli.  And as I think about it, those two albums are catalyst of how music is presented in present day.

November 5th 1996, Makaveli had arrived to all local and major music retailers. And when we heard this line "I ain't no killer, but don't push me" (Hail Mary); Boy oh boy we knew pac was not playing no games with us on this album.  He recorded AEOM pretty fast, I think with this album  it was completed in seven days and finished a month prior to his passing. And he was set to release the album in 1997, but of course Pac had died.  Death Row had to capitalize off his death and released the album two months after he died.

In my personal opinion Makaveli was a better album than AEOM, don't get me wrong I love that album. However his state of mind seemed more focused and concentrated for Makaveli. Keep in mind AEOM was recorded and released right after he left prison. He was eager to come out with something. By August 1996 when Makaveli was recorded Tupac had a lot going on with the east coast/west coast beef.

He was locked and loaded, like I mentioned, listen to "Hail Mary, Bomb 1st, White Man World, Blasphemy, Krazy. Just to name a few, he definitely had moved on from the themes and topics he spoke on from AEOM. We all know Tupac was ahead of his time with his music, but with Makaveli I see  that a change was going to come from it. Well if he had lived beyond Sept. 13th 1996, and could have really promoted this project. Makaveli would have been something to deal with if he was here. It was something to deal with in his death.

Over all Tupac Makaveli is a classic album,  the timing, the songs and the whole project was something to remember.  Towards the end of 1996 going into 1997 we still was talking about this album and now twenty years later it is still a topic for conversation.

R.I.P Pac..............

Youtube: Tupac (Makaveli) - To Live in and die in LA





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