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Me Against the World
     

Me Against the World

4.5 11
by 2Pac
 
Tupac Shakur embodied the contradictions, lunacy, poignancy, and tragedy of gangsta life better than any other figure in hip-hop history. This is his most articulate rumination on '90s thug life, from the wistfully uplifting "Dear Mama" to the brutally nihilistic "If I Die 2Night" and "Fuck the World". 2Pac (as he called himself professionally) rapped in a rushed,

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Tupac Shakur embodied the contradictions, lunacy, poignancy, and tragedy of gangsta life better than any other figure in hip-hop history. This is his most articulate rumination on '90s thug life, from the wistfully uplifting "Dear Mama" to the brutally nihilistic "If I Die 2Night" and "Fuck the World". 2Pac (as he called himself professionally) rapped in a rushed, urgent style, and he favored musical backdrops with heavy bass lines and loud accents. With a sure sense of rap's history, his "Old School" is a tribute to hip-hop's founders and a touching reminiscence that recalls a simpler time. Still, always controversial -- and self-contradicting -- 'Pac delivers an astonishing balance between levelheaded essays on the evils of ghetto violence ("So Many Tears") and explicit endorsements of violence ("Death Around the Corner"). In a horrifically tragic turn that seemed scripted by his own lyrics, Tupac was killed in a still-unsolved 1996 drive-by shooting, leaving scores of recordings to exemplify what would have been his continued ascendance.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Recorded following his near-fatal shooting in New York, and released while he was in prison, Me Against the World is the point where 2Pac really became a legendary figure. Having stared death in the face and survived, he was a changed man on record, displaying a new confessional bent and a consistent emotional depth. By and large, this isn't the sort of material that made him a gangsta icon; this is 2Pac the soul-baring artist, the foundation of the immense respect he commanded in the hip-hop community. It's his most thematically consistent, least-self-contradicting work, full of genuine reflection about how he's gotten where he is -- and dread of the consequences. Even the more combative tracks ("Me Against the World," "Fuck the World") acknowledge the high-risk life he's living, and pause to wonder how things ever went this far. He battles occasional self-loathing, is haunted by the friends he's already lost to violence, and can't escape the desperate paranoia that his own death isn't far in the future. These tracks -- most notably "So Many Tears," "Lord Knows," and "Death Around the Corner" -- are all the more powerful in hindsight with the chilling knowledge that he was right. Even romance takes on a new meaning as an escape from the hellish pressure of everyday life ("Temptations," "Can U Get Away"), and when that's not available, getting high or drunk is almost a necessity. He longs for the innocence of childhood ("Young Niggaz," "Old School"), and remembers how quickly it disappeared, yet he still pays loving, clear-eyed tribute to his drug-addicted mother on the touching "Dear Mama." Overall, Me Against the World paints a bleak, nihilistic picture, but there's such an honest, self-revealing quality to it that it can't help conveying a certain hope simply through its humanity. It's the best place to go to understand why 2Pac is so revered; it may not be his definitive album, but it just might be his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/1998
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0012414163622
catalogNumber:
41636
Rank:
8651

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Performance Credits

2Pac   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kim Armstrong   Background Vocals
Reggie Green   Background Vocals
Puff Johnson   Background Vocals
Ronnie Vann   Guitar
Eboni Foster   Background Vocals
Jill Rose   Vocals
Natasha Walker   Background Vocals
Dramacydal   Track Performer
Richard Serrell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Arnold   Engineer
Easy Mo Bee   Composer
Jay Lean   Engineer
Eric Lynch   Engineer
Bob Morris   Engineer
Eric Altenburger   Art Direction
Tim Nitz   Engineer
Sam Bostic   Producer
Mike Mosley   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Gregory Jacobs   Composer
Eric Baker   Composer
Tony "D" Pizarro   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Le-Morrious "Funky Drummer" Tyler   Composer
Kevin KD Davis   Engineer

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Me Against the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tupac poors his gangstahood and soul into this album. The tracks "Lord Knows" and "Death Around The Corner" hold many similarties despite the should be differences. Excellent production by Johnny J. If you study Tupac you know the times he was facing when this album was being made. You can hear his heart spilling through his vocals to his mother in "Dear Mama". Tupac truly showed his talent in this album more than others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Among many great albums, this is 2Pac at his best and most honest. Truly a timeless masterpiece, there has never been an album quite as honest as this. He stabs himself with his pen and bleeds all over the paper, flawless
Guest More than 1 year ago
Me Against the world is tight. This album is really mother tight. With a wide range of song types and lyrics from, F___ The World, to Dear Moma. All I can say is...Tight. Peace out 2 my peoples
Guest More than 1 year ago
2pac came frm the ghetto and he made millions ,he iz one of the greatest rap artist around and his lyrics will carry on reaching people even thou he isnt with us 2day !!!!! The album the "greatest hits" is ma fav album but it isn't needed 2 prove nething because if you listen to one of his songs then u'l understand his wisdom and the truth about black/white america
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Me Against The World" has got to be Tupacs best album ever. It is filled with great music and excellent lyrics all the way through with no bad songs at all. There are heaps of great songs such as 'Dear Mama', 'Can U Get Away', 'Death Around The Corner' and 'Me Against the World'. No doubt this has to be one of raps top ten albums ever released. If you're a fan of 2pac or hip-hop buy this album NOW!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
tupac is one of the world's greatest rappers. he has more than just talent everyone should listen to one song that he does, unconditional love. that song is more than what he is rapping about he is actually expressing true feelings. and he doesn't always talk about violence like a lot of people think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GROUNDBREAKING...MUSICALLY,LYRICALLY. It SEAM AS IF TUPAC ACTUALLAY POUR EVERYTHING INSIDE OF HIMSELF INTO THIS ALBUM. FROM PAIN "SO MANY TEARS" EVEN TRYING TO EDUCATE"TITLE SONG ME AGAINST THE WORLD" THIS ALBUM THE ME IS THE GREATIST RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM EVER MADE WITH NOTHING ELSE EVEN COMING CLOSE. I BELEAVE THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER RAP ARTIST SUCH AS TUPAC AND SOMETIMES I WONDER WHERE WOULD RAP BE IF HE HAD NEVER BEEN PICKED UP BY DIGITAL UNDERGROUNDS. I WISH I COULD TALK TO HIM JUST 1 TIME. ALL I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS JUST THANK HIM! THROUGH HIS LYRICS HE HAS HELPED ME THROUGH HARD TIMES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TRHOUGH HIS LYRICS HE HAS HELPED ME AIM TO BE ME LIKE NO OTHER PERSON JUST ME!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very profound Artist.There is and will never be any one like him.
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