Loyal to the Game

Loyal to the Game

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by 2Pac
     
 

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Loyal to the Game, the ninth 2Pac album released by his enterprising mother-turned-executive producer, Afeni Shakur, is one of the more unique entries in the martyred rap legend's extensive catalog. Produced entirely by Eminem, it carries on with the approach the man otherwise known as Marshall Mathers took with his production…  See more details below

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Loyal to the Game, the ninth 2Pac album released by his enterprising mother-turned-executive producer, Afeni Shakur, is one of the more unique entries in the martyred rap legend's extensive catalog. Produced entirely by Eminem, it carries on with the approach the man otherwise known as Marshall Mathers took with his production contributions to the preceding year's Tupac: Resurrection. Eminem had produced a few songs on that soundtrack, most notably the landmark 2Pac-Biggie duet "Runnin' (Dying to Live)," and his work here on Loyal to the Game isn't too much of a departure from the style of that song. In the wake of that song's popularity, Afeni gave Eminem some old tapes, and he went to work, stripping them of their productions, giving them his own trademark backing (characterized by his style of punchy, syncopated, unfunky beatmaking), incorporating some guest raps for secondary verses, and polishing them off with various sorts of hooks. Eminem's efforts here work, even if they aren't ideal. On the one hand, there's no questioning Em's integrity. He pens some reverent liner notes, explaining his position (or justifying it, depending on your viewpoint), and Afeni also pens some touching liners, likewise explaining why Eminem of all people gets the green light to produce this album in its entirety. And Em doesn't take his job here lightly. His beats hit hard and are well crafted, most similar to his more hardcore self-productions like "Mosh" or "Lose Yourself." His hooks are also well crafted: he takes the hook himself on "Soldier Like Me"; brings in 50 Cent and Nate Dogg for "Loyal to the Game" and "Thugs Get Lonely Too," respectively; samples Elton John ("Indian Sunset"), Curtis Mayfield ("If There's a Hell Below"), and Dido ("Do You Have a Little Time") for other songs; and lets 2Pac handle his own hooks elsewhere. On the other, more cynical hand, Eminem simply isn't a good fit, and the four bonus tracks here testify to what could have been. Produced by Scott Storch, Red Spyda, Raphael Saadiq, and DJ Quik, these bonus track "remixes" are clearly the highlights of the album (and quite fantastic highlights at that, perhaps alone reason enough to pick up this album). These guys produce beats much more fitting to 2Pac's rhyme style. Sure, Eminem is a great producer, but he produces these 2Pac tracks as if he were producing himself, and 2Pac is a much different breed of rapper than Slim Shady, especially in terms of cadence and delivery. This is all the more evident because the source tapes of these tracks date back to the early '90s, when 2Pac was at his funkiest and least hardcore. (While the dates aren't provided in the credits, the original producers are credited: Randy "Stretch" Walker, DJ Daryl, Live Squad, and Deon Evans, all of whom worked with Pac during his early years, namely the early '90s, just as he was leaving Digital Underground and getting his career off the ground. Various time-specific references within Pac's lyrics are further evidence of this, such as passing references to the L.A. riots.) How much Loyal to the Game ultimately appeals to you will likely depend on how much you like Eminem. After all, this is as much his album as 2Pac's -- a labor of love, no doubt. If you're fond of his lock-step beatmaking and big hooks, you'll find much to like here, for Pac's rhymes are undoubtedly fascinating in any context, even at this early stage of his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
Label:
Amaru / Interscope
UPC:
0075021032910
catalogNumber:
000386102
Rank:
5289

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

2Pac   Primary Artist
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Kastro   Track Performer
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
2Pac   Producer
David Blake   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Anthony Criss   Composer
DJ Quik   Producer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Nicole Johnson   Personal Assistant
Luis Resto   Composer,Producer
Riddler   Producer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Johnny Jackson   Composer
Randy Walker   Producer
DJ Daryl   Producer
Daryl Anderson   Composer
Gretchen Anderson   Producer
Deon Evans   Composer,Producer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Afeni Shakur   Executive Producer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Bates   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Tony Campana   Engineer
Tyruss Himes   Composer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Lloyd Banks   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Red Spyda   Producer
Nicole Frantz   Creative Assistance
TreMayne Maxie   Personal Assistant
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering
Steve King   Composer,Engineer

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Loyal to the Game 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. I downloaded the album off the internet, but i'll get the CD the day it comes out. I have been a Tupac fan since the beginning, back in 93. The amazing thing about this album is how 2Pac's lyrics still resonate with millions of people. That is why he was and still is the best rapper of all time. Go out and buy this ablum. It's worth every penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These new beats are hot and the lyrics are just as tight! He even does shoutouts to Trice and G-Unit!?! I'm definitely buyin this one, gotz ta support his momma! R.I.P. Tupac, and keep da beats comin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be truthful, i was a bit dissapointed when i began hearin the beats, but hey that's all on eminem, Tupac, like always, drops his lyrics better than anyone else could. There's no competition. G-unit and Trice don't do anything in Tupac's favor either as they are clearly not at Pac's level of thinking and Rappin. Well at least appearances by the outlaws and Big Syke save the album. Clearly not Pac's best album, buut his lyrics are real and shows that if he were alive today, he'd still be down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Tupac Shakur and will Always,Like the albums says he's Loyal To The Game A lengend that made histroy and will be truly missed and never, ever forgotten. I will always suppport him his albums are always tightand always right
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem was the wrong choice to produce this. He's a gifted rapper, but doesn't have a funky bone in his body. (No, not because he's white; John Scofield, white jazz guitarist, is funky as h*ll.) These rhymes needed funky beats--I wonder what the tracks sounded like before Em messed with 'em.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd sucks tupac is great but eminem's beats suck sorry em but u have good beats usually but what happened on this cd it's great what he is doing but the beats just aren't pac i still support this cd b/c of pac but em needs to not touch any more tupac tracks afeni should of had the same person that did better days do this cd i understand it will never be like a tupac cd without him helping on beats but get beats that flow with the track
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was well done by eminem considering that, em and 2pac are two different rappers, but em still kept it to 2pac's style. Some of the beats were good. I fell in love with the whole album. Overall i've been listening to 2pac since i was very young and this album is just as great as the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD IS GOOD. EMINEM DID A GOOD JOB BUT HE SHOULD OF PUT THE OUTLAWS IN THIS CD. AND HE IS ALIVE WAIT TILL HE COMES BACK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago