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Still I Rise
     

Still I Rise

4.8 19
by Outlawz
 
Though many critics will remember the late 2Pac as a rapper who lived and died by the guntalk, diehard fans continue to find gems of truth and insightful ghetto reportage in his hardcore rhymes. On his most recent posthumous release, STILL I RISE, the Outlawz, a posse of impossibly hardcore named L.A. rappers -- Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Kastro,

Overview

Though many critics will remember the late 2Pac as a rapper who lived and died by the guntalk, diehard fans continue to find gems of truth and insightful ghetto reportage in his hardcore rhymes. On his most recent posthumous release, STILL I RISE, the Outlawz, a posse of impossibly hardcore named L.A. rappers -- Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Kastro, Napoleon, Mussolini, E.D.I., and Kormaini -- use technology to add new music and their own backup rhymes to rare 2Pac lyrics. Like the theme of the Maya Angelou poem that inspires the album title, much of the disc is fueled by 2Pac's street-scarred, survivalist ethos. With song titles like "Hell 4 a Hustler," "Teardrops and Closed Caskets," and "The Good Die Young," the Outlawz take Pac's more reflective verses and blend in their own us-against-the-world thug passion. The results are captivating. On "Black Jesuz," one Outlawz voice rhymes, "Some say/someday/some how/some way/we gon' fail/and it ain't hard to tell we dwell in hell/trapped/Black/scarred and barred/searching for truth where it's hard to find God." Though not Pac's own words, the lyrics speak of what he represented for a generation of disaffected ghetto youth. 2Pac struggled to realize his humanity under the scrutiny of the public eye. He also strove to carve out his legacy in a cruel world. STILL I RISE proves he succeeded. Brett Johnson

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
More than three years after his death, it's difficult to believe there's still unreleased 2Pac material out there, much less quality material. After no less than three posthumous albums built around what 2Pac produced when he was still alive (plus an assortment of bootlegs making the rounds), the well apparently still hasn't run dry, and Still I Rise is the inevitable result. As on the Notorious B.I.G. album released just weeks before though, there are some pretty wide gaps on Still I Rise between rhymes actually delivered by 2Pac. There's also an undeniable -- some would say obvious -- impression that this album just doesn't bear the mark of 2Pac himself. Making up the difference in both categories is Outlawz, a quartet of rappers keeping the flow going between 2Pac fragments. As with 2Pac's other posthumous releases, Still I Rise comes with four or five solid tracks that may have survived the cuts on a real 2Pac album. The title track and "Letter to the President" are obvious winners, still reliant on the syrupy G-funk that 2Pac made famous, and (thankfully) not influenced by the increasing late-'90s insurgence of muzaky hip-hop productions. And "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" -- 2Pac's self-produced follow-up to 1993's "Keep Ya Head Up" -- is a surprisingly touching message track. For any of 2Pac's fans, it'll be so good to hear his voice again on new material that the cash-in nature of Still I Rise can easily be overlooked. It's just not the album 2Pac would have produced had he still been alive.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949041328
catalogNumber:
490413
Rank:
11389

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Outlawz   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Val Young   Background Vocals
Darrell Crooks   Acoustic Guitar,Overdubs,wah wah guitar
Greg Dalton   Guitar
Keith Rouster   Bass
Nate Dogg   Background Vocals
Ronnie King   Keyboards
Femi Ojetunde   Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Writer
2Pac   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Aron   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Skip Scarborough   Writer
Soulshock   Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation,Mixing Advisor
Damon Thomas   Producer
Claudio Cueni   Engineer
Johnny J   Arranger,Producer
QDIII   Producer
Ian Boxill   Engineer
Daz   Producer
Kurupt   Producer
Afeni Shakur   Liner Notes
Tyrone Wrice   Vocal Producer
Quimmy Quim   Producer
Dylan Vaughan   Engineer
Tony "D" Pizarro   Composer,Producer

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Still I Rise 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANY BODY SAYS 2 PAC STILL THE MAN! I PESONALLY DONT BELIEVE THAT BS THAT HE DEAD , IF U ONLY LISTEN CAREFULL TO ALL HIS SONGS WORD BY WORD YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN FOR EXAMPLE ON ONE OF HIS SONG HE'S TALKS ABOUT MASTER P , C'MON NOW WHEN MASTER P CAME OUT 2PAC WAS ''dead'' ALREADY SO HOW U FIGURE HE ALSO NEW ABOUT ''NOTORIOUS BIG'' DEATH, I MEAN I CAN GO ON ALL DAY ABOUT THIS .... LIKE 2PAC SAYS ; KEEP THE FAITH IN ME I WILL NOT LET U DOWN.. LISTEN TO THE MANS WORDS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TUPAC SHAKUR IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE RAPPERS JUST LIKE SPM DAMM THEY BOTH ARE THE KINGS OF RAP !!!!!!!!!!! LOVEEE YAAAAAA (:
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is his best album, every song is great and has a message in it, Tha Outlawz also shine on this album, Tupac 4 ever.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
2PACs back and his going stronger then ever before, I give 4 stars to big man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TUPAC WILL ALWAYS LIVE AND HE IS THE BEST RAPPER TO EVER LIVE. I GOT THIS CD FOR MY BROTHER, I SHOULDA GOTTA GET IT MYSELF KUS ITS BANGING LIKE ALL OF HIS OTHER ALBUMS. I BELIEVE HE'LL ALWAYS GO ON AND HIS MUSIC WILL NEVER DIE. MUST GET!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is da bomb.i don't believe that 2pac is dead 'cause he talks about things like MASTER P AND BIGGIE'S DEATH ON HIS NEW ALBUM. NOW HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN THINGS LIKE THAT?????? WELL TUPAC FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album that came out all year, I was waiting a long time for this one. TUPAC IS THE GREATEST RAPPER EVER!!!!! There is no one dead or alive that is better then him. Forget the phonies and the critics. This man molded the rap game into a whole new level,you can see by looking at all the sellout rappers trying to take his style. But STILL I RISE is the best rap music I heard in a while. PS(If you don't have the album buy it, It's worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any 2pac fan needs to get this cd filled with previously unreleased tracks. The style 2pac was famous for hasn't changed,and the Outlawz add to the theme of the album. A must-buy for any 2pac fan or any rap fan for that matter
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD IS HELLA TIGHT AND THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE IT NEED TO GET IT BECAUSE IT BE OF THE HOOK AND GIRLS ALWAYS KEEP YA HEAD UP AT ALL TIMES LET KNOW MAN KEEP YA HEAD DOWN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pac can rap; However the Outlawz can't rap! They have to be the worst rappers of all time! The beats are kinda like sorry BadBoy beats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tupac Shakur has since his first album never lost sight of his purpose in making music. He always opened his heart and mind to his listeners. He allowed us to absorb his views and feel the emotion in his voice. For this Tupac Shakur has endured himself and legacy to me as the Greatest rapper/poet there will ever be. There are other rappers who have been given this title i.e. The Notorious B.I.G., but his lyrical content and ability to convey his lifestyle and views on topics from rape, politics, family, love, hate, jealousy, show that Tupac had so much more to offer his fans. For me to write a critique of the album is unfair, since Pac didn't have a hands on arrangement of tracks, but for any fan of any kind of music I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that he was one of the best rappers in the world and i am so sorry that he died.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a great addition to 2pac's album arsenal. You cant afford not to buy this(expecially if you are from the WEST COAST)!!!Its not for 2pac haters,either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
he is like the micheal jackson of pop and like the elvis of rock n roll but he is almost like a prophet it is amazing how he can talk about everyday life situations from the struggle of inner city youth, the killing of our balck nation and still so that just because you are labeled as a thug you still can get your education and take over the white house or anything else he give young afro -american men especially in the inner city that ther is hope when we dont see it all of his music is 5 stars. fo rpeople to compare him to biggie is like saying africa is 5 minutes away from miami fl its not that close. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 7 DAY THEORY LISTEN TO THE LAST ALBUM AS HE SAYS AT THE END OF THE ALBUM "EXPECT TO COME BACK LIKE JESUS NIGGER IM COMING
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay how long ago did all eyes on me come out? how come some of those songs are still on the radio? it came out like six years ago or something? but the songs still sound good? his voice is eternal. it doesn't tiresome to hear liek other rappers.. now tell me how many other rap albums you listen to from 6 years ago..
Guest More than 1 year ago
PAC IS BEST!!HE IS WHAT EVERY RAPPER WANTS TO BE EVEN UGLY 50 CENTS AND SUCKER JA-RULE
Guest More than 1 year ago
makaveli aka tupac this album was due several years ago if you have followed the man in his music the outlaws were to come out before joinor mafia but because of trails and jail time the project was pushed back the outlaws replaced thug life so the message is a little out dated but effective so this group could have been very very big if 2 people in this group past away . dramacidal aka eddi and the rest of them are there so the legend of makaveli is still alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pac could never go wrong. And this album just continues to prove just how good he was as a rapper/poet. No one can seriously, compare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what people say Tupac is still alive, through his music. His songs have great meaning and are awesome! Tupac shall live on foreva!