May 17, 2016

2Pac - R U Still Down? [Remember Me] (1997)

R U Still Down? is the first release to kick off the 2Pac posthumous albums fad that more-or-less wrapped up in the mid 2000s. True, the corporate music world squandered most of the potential present in unreleased 2Pac verses, but I think this album is worlds away from the lowest points of 2Pac afterlife; I'm speaking, obviously, of the horrendous cash-in opportunities which involved Eminem. Most of Pac's lyrics placed on this album were recorded in either 1993 or 1994, so they are a little more politically energetic than the introspective topics on Me Against The World or All Eyez On Me. Pac always knew that he was speaking the truth and puts as much energy into these verses as any thing else he recorded; he was so consistent. The beats on R U Still Down? are of course nowhere near the epic peak Death Row-era production featured on All Eyez On Me or the intimate and cohesive sound Easy Mo Bee put down on Me Against The World, but just because the beats aren't on the level of those two monumental albums doesn't mean they suck. 2Pac can make even Eminem beats sound solid, and these funky cuts are far better than any of that horse shit. I'm a little disappointed at the lack of Daz Dillinger involvement. I guess there was a lot of chaos happening in the Death Row/Suge Knight universe at the time which immobilized Daz and prevented him from appearing on here. Honestly, I think the best parts of Remember Me are as good as 2Pacalypse and Strictly 4 My Niggaz (albeit the project as a whole is a little more inconsistent), so if you haven't already heard this, give it a shot.


R U Still Down? [Remember Me]