2Pac – 2Pac Live

Bootleg-quality live recordings from '96

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Eight years after his death, the backlog of unreleased Tupac Shakur recordings appears to be exhausted. The sound of the Death Row barrel being scraped, this is his first live album (oh, the irony). The atmosphere is strangely muted and there’s very little sense of his charisma, although the Biggie-lambasting “Hit ‘Em Up” still has a grisly impact. Overall, the poor quality, and 2Pac’s inability?or unwillingness?to use the live arena to explore the full range of his art makes this an inessential addition to his legacy.

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