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LP Pick Of Day: 2Pac's Greatest Hits 4LP Reissue Is Packed With 25 Essential Tupac Songs [+ 2Pac Movies On DVD/BluRay guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 12:15pm | Post a Comment
 

The LP pick of the day today is the just reissued 2Pac Greatest Hits 4LP vinyl set that's packed with 25 essential songs by the iconic rapper who was fatally gunned down in Vegas 22 years ago at age 25. This Tupac Shakur greatest hits collection was originally released two years following his murder. That was almost exactly twenty years ago on November 24th, 1998 when it was initially released via 2CD, 2 cassette and 4LP formats. The CD version was the most popular with music buyers back then but, with the vinyl version selling out sooner and becoming increasingly harder to find in the years since, this 4LP reissue this month by Interscope is most welcome. 

With just under two hours of music, when the 25 song album first dropped back in '98 it included both 21 of his most popular tracks at that stage plus the then previously unreleased four songs: "God Bless the Dead", "Unconditional Love", "Troublesome '96", and "Changes.” These songs have since become classics joining such other Greatest Hits tracks as “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Hail Mary,” “Me Against The World,” “Trapped,” “Temptations,” “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg),” “Brenda's Got a Baby,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha (feat. Danny Boy),” “I Get Around (feat. Digital Underground),” and “Dear Mama.” 

Another 2Pac album that got reissued this year was the artist’s second album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... 2LP that was initially released in 1993 and that Interscope reissued as a two-record set back in February. That album's tracks include some also featured on the newly reissued Greatest Hits 4LP set, as does 2Pac’s debut album,  2Pacalypse Now 2LP. It got reissued in 2016 but was originally released 27 years ago back in November 1991 when Tupac (fresh from been a part of Digital Underground) was only 20 years of age. 

1991 was also the year that Pac made his big screen debut when, as part of a Digital Underground musical cameo, he appeared in the Dan Aykroyd starring comedy Nothing but Trouble. But it was the following year when he made his official acting debut on film when he co-starred in the excellent 1992 film Juice playing the commanding role of the character Roland Bishop. Other 2Pac starring movies that are also available from Amoeba on DVD/BluRay include the 1993 John Singleton directed Poetic Justice in which he starred opposite Janet Jackson, the 1994 basketball themed drama Above the Rim,  Gridlock'd about two jazz musician/heroin addicts that co-starred Tim Roth and Gang Related in which he played a corrupt cop.  The latter two, like the Pac starring film Bullet, were both released posthumously. 

An interesting Tupac movie side note, that most Pac fans have already read about, is that report about him having been in the running to be cast in  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in the film's early planning stages. The George Lucas movie, that eventually came out in 1999, featured Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Mace Windu that reportedly Pac had auditioned for. Meanwhile newcomer actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. starred in the role of Tupac Shakur in last year’s bio-pic All Eyez On Me. While the film fell short of duplicating the critical acclaim of the previous year’s N.W.A. bio-pic hit Straight Outta Compton, with more than one reviewer labelling Eyez a “Wikipedia-page biopic,” it is still worth getting if you are a true 2Pac collector. There’s a video trailer of the film below, in addition to music videos for the Greatest Hits tracks "Brenda's Got A Baby," "Dear Mama" and "Keep Ya Head Up."


Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl Releases [Video Version]: Kev Brown, Vinnie Paz, Lil Peep, Pan Amsterdam, Masta Ace & Marco Polo

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2018 11:42pm | Post a Comment


1: Vinnie Paz The Pain Collector 2LP (also red vinyl 2LP set and CD)
 
Longtime Philly rapper Vinnie Paz has just unleashed his newest project; the one hour, four minute The Pain Collector 2LP (Enemy Soil) that's also been released as a red vinyl 2LP set and on CD.  This is the first solo release since 2016’s The Cornerstone of the Corner Store and the fourth solo album in eight years from the Philly hip-hop veteran who first came to fame as part of Jedi Mind Tricks and later as part of Army of the Pharaohs, and Heavy Metal Kings. The latter is with La Coka Nostra'Ill Bill who, along with Goretex, cameo on the new album track “Hashem on a Pentagram.” The other select album guests include Reef The Lost Cauze on the track “Tongan Death Grip,” DJ Muggs on the song “Floating Goat,” and Crimeapple & Tha God on “Requiem for Black Benjy in 2 Parts.” Below is the music video for the album track “Blood On My Hands.”


Murdered Hip-Hop Star XXXTentacion Is Latest In List of Slain Rappers To Have Eerily Addressed Their Premature Deaths

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2018 11:59am | Post a Comment


Joining the ranks of such other murdered rap stars as 2Pac and Biggie, 20 year old South Florida hip-hop star XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed Monday afternoon, is the latest in a list of slain rap stars said to have predicted or hinted at his impending demise. The popular but controversial artist born Jahseh Onfroy, who was slain in an apparent robbery after exiting a motorsports store in Broward County,  had purportedly been turning his life around for the better of late. He'd also recently been enjoying the success of his second studio album ? (pictured left), featuring such guests as Joey Bada$$PnB Rock and Travis Barker, that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release.

Hip-Hop Report: New Vinyl, Top 5, New DJ Technology, Aerosol Art's 5Pointz Win/Lose, Black Panther OST Lawsuit + Pam Memorial

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2018 03:18pm | Post a Comment

Exile's Baker's Dozen LP is the latest vinyl in the ongoing Fat Beats instrumental series showcasing 12 tracks by various producers. It's among the many new releases at Amoeba. Scroll down for more info..


Kendrick Lamar along with singer SZA are being sued by artist Lina Iris Viktor who claims that, without her permission, they appropriated her Constellations series art in the collaborative duo's new music video for "All the Stars" off the new Black Panther soundtrack on Interscope.  In the suit filed yesterday she is seeking an injunction prohibiting the two artists from utilizing her artwork to "promote the soundtrack" of the phenomenally popular new Disney distributed Marvel movie.

The new star-studded hip-hop soundtrack, that also includes such other artists as Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, and 2 Chainz, topped the Billboard 200 chart upon its release last week; just as the landmark Ryan Coogler directed Marvel black superhero movie Black Panther has been a runaway box office success. Reportedly on this past Monday (President's Day) the movie generated a record breaking $40 million in US theaters on that one day alone!

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Demand for New Hip-Hop Enamel Pin Series That Includes Mac Dre, MF Doom, Lil Kim, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Busta, Biggie and Mos Def

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:29am | Post a Comment

Since the pic above, showing a sampling of just some of the selection of really cool new hip-hop themed enamel pins, recently got posted to Amoeba Music’s Instagram the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Rap/hip-hop fans of such artists as Ice Cube, MF Doom, Mac Dre, Eminem, 2Pac, Rakim, Mos Def, Biggie, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, Biz Markie, Lil' Kim and Shock G have been drawn to these "must-have" hip-hop fashion accessories not just because they feature their favorite artists. But for other reasons too including that these are quality made pins that come attached to a printed backing card that many collectors are scooping up and keeping unopened in their original packaging. Others, who see them at Amoeba Music, are snapping up these fashionable stylish pins since they are unlike the traditional same old, one dimensional metal pin-on buttons of a bygone era. In addition to hip-hop artists, the series also includes R&B/soul icons such as Aaliyah and Erykah Badu, in addition to icons from other music genres plus lots of movie and cultural icons: all found here.

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