When it comes to prolific and productive dead dudes, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who beats Tupac Shakur. Even me, a guy who has little to no knowledge of hip hop and the artists who populate that world, knows that his posthumous output has become somewhat of a punchline. I don’t think its joke status is based on quality, I think it’s purely based on the regularity of releases since he caught a few bullets almost 20 years ago.
So there are half a dozen or more albums newer than All Eyez on Me, but as a music fan in general, I can’t count them as true 2Pac records. Too many third parties and people not named Tupac Shakur have had their grubby hands on those. So for Swansong Week, I think the last album released in Pac’s lifetime qualifies, not the stuff that has come since. (more…)