Tupac Shakur- the name means a whole lot these days. It carries more weight than almost any other Hip-Hop artist in history. He is looked at in so many different ways it is tough to actually grasp his legacy or figure out what to think of him. But one thing is for sure, while he was with us, 2pac was one of the most influential rappers in the history of the game.
Before his death, 2pac along with his fellow outlaw members put together different personas or alias from various historical figures, thus spawning the birth of Makaveli. This new persona 2pac displayed characterized a different side of 2pac, a side many emcees did not want to cross paths with. This new Makaveli side of Pac brought anger, vengeance, raw energy and a thug life image that was looked at as so real, no one would be able to duplicate it, even years after his death. After his tragic death, Deathrow decided to release 2pac's first posthumous album, entitled, Makavlei "The 7 Day Theory"
The first thing you notice about the album is 2pac's aggressive and raw energy on the mic. Not to mention the emotion puts into every song. Most of the album features an angry Pac, going at almost every emcee imaginable, from Biggie, Dr. Dre, LiL Kim, Puffy, Jay-z to Nas. Pac never, not even for one second, holds back. He speaks his mind constantly and almost without thinking. The most vicious of these tracks being "Against All Odds", where 2pac states, "This be the realest shit I ever wrote". Pac rips into his enemy's, especially Nas, who gets the bad end of this track. "Hey Nas, your whole damn style is bitten. You heard my melody, read about my life in the papers. All my run-ins with authorities, felonious capers. Now you wanna live my life, so what's the answer Nas? Niggas that don't rhyme right, you've seen too many movies. Load em up against the wall, close his eyes Since you lie you die, Goodbye". "Bomb First (My Second Reply)" is another emotional charged track. 2pac along with his crew, Tha Outlawz, blaze the track, viciously ripping into all oncoming enemies. "I'm a Bad Boy killa, Jay-Z die too. Looking out for Mobb Deep, nigga when I find you. Weak motherfuckers don't deserve to breathe. How many niggaz down to die for me".
Even though tracks like these stand out the most, the whole album isn't dedicated to such circumstances. The classic "Hailmary" is an eerie produced track that sends chills down your spine upon listening. The playa anthem "Toss It Up" featuring Kci and JoJo is another phenomenal performance and acts as a sequel to "How Do You Want It". Speaking of sequels, the Cali anthem "To Live And Die In LA" is somewhat of a sequel to the classic "California Love", and the track delivers the same sort of feel as the original. The production end of the album is truly phenomenal. 2pac doesn't gather a bunch of big named producers. Instead he sticks with the depths of the unknown, such as, QDIII, Darryl Harper and Hurt-M-Bad. But don't let the names fool you, the beats on the album are truly classics. They are beautifully put together and fit each track perfectly. Whether its rough and rugged like the religiously enthused "Blasphemy" and the gun toting tale "Me and My Girlfriend", or smooth and laid back such as "Just Like Daddy".
However, 2pac is always at his best when he opens up and shows us the deeper side of himself. 2pac has always had a knack for making deep, heartfelt songs that engulf you with spirit and emotion. Tracks like "Krazy" and "Hold Ya Head" are perfect examples. "Krazy" finds 2pac reminiscing and looking at his constant struggle whit his hectic life. Bad Azz drops by and rip the mic with his verse. "God help me out here, cause I'm possessed. I need the root of all evil for my stress. Cause moneys like a strong prescription drug; it's got me addicted to the pleasure and the pain it inflicted. Something bout the paper wit the pictures of the president's, head Damn, it's like a motherfuckin plague that spread". "Hold Ya Head" is a dedication for all the people incarcerated. You can just feel what 2pac is conveying throughout the track. His words penetrate and put a surreal feeling to it. Plain and simple, whether you hated or loved 2pac, you cannot deny that he simply made tracks that you could feel. He put his heart and soul into every track.
What makes "The 7 Day Theory" great isn't 2pac's lyrics, or his flow, it is how he conveys his message across to the listener. You cannot manufacture such energy and charisma on the mic. While 2pac was never the greatest lyricist, he made up for that with his presence. Is "The 7 Day Theory" a perfect album, no! While it's hard to put your finger on it, something lacks from making this album truly perfect. Nevertheless, Makaveli "The 7 Day Theory" portrays the 2pac sound better than any album ever did. No matter what, when you look back at 2pac's career or the time period this album was released in, this album will standout as a centerpiece and a landmark. This album is a prime example of 2pac's best work, and it's a shame the album had to be released under the pending circumstances. It's clear that 2pac will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as a man who spoke his mind and came straight from the heart.