A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle

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A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 2006
Genre Rap
Label First Kut/Lyrical Knockout
Producer Dr. Mutulu Shakur
Raoul Juneja (aka Deejay Ra)

A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle is a posthumously released tribute album dedicated to the late hip hop icon, Tupac Shakur. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Hip hop subculture including music, dance and graffiti

Hip hop or hip-hop, is a culture and art movement that was created by African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx, New York City. The origin of the name is often disputed. It is also argued as to whether hip hop started in the South or West Bronx. While the term hip hop is often used to refer exclusively to hip hop music, hip hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four elements are considered essential to understand hip hop musically. The main elements of hip hop consist of four main pillars. Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of hip hop culture, coining the terms: "rapping", a rhythmic vocal rhyming style (orality); DJing, which is making music with record players and DJ mixers ; b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (movement/dance); and graffiti. Other elements of hip hop subculture and arts movements beyond the main four are: hip hop culture and historical knowledge of the movement (intellectual/philosophical); beatboxing, a percussive vocal style; street entrepreneurship; hip hop language; and hip hop fashion and style, among others. The fifth element, although debated, is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion, or beatboxing.

Tupac Shakur American rapper and actor

Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality.


Dr. Mutulu Shakur (Tupac's stepfather) released the tribute album to commemorate Tupac's 35th birthday and 10 year passing anniversary. The album features contributions from rappers behind bars as well as those on the outside, including Mutulu Shakur's children Mopreme Shakur and Nzingha, as well as Outlawz, TQ, Slick, Imaan Faith and T-Jay. It was originally conceived before Tupac's 1996 murder, when he and Mopreme visited their father in prison and wrote the "Thug Code" to try to decrease gang violence.

Mutulu Shakur American Black Nationalist

Mutulu Shakur is an American activist and former member of the Black Liberation Army, sentenced to sixty years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored truck in which a guard and two police officers were killed.

Maurice Harding, better known by his stage name Mopreme Shakur, originally known as Wycked, is an American rapper. He was a member of the hip-hop group Thug Life and is the stepbrother of Tupac Shakur. He was also a member of The Outlawz, but later dropped out because of a financial disagreement with Death Row Records.

Outlawz American hip hop group

The Outlawz was an American hip hop group founded by rapper Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they were best known for their association with 2Pac.

Dare 2 Struggle includes a 16-page booklet that includes the "Thug Code" as well as a preview chapter of Shakur's historical novel about Tupac titled N 2 Da Gutter.

Mutulu Shakur is the executive producer of the album along with Canadian hip-hop activist Raoul Juneja (a.k.a. Deejay Ra). It's being released through Kent Entertainment's First Kut rap imprint in association with Juneja's Toronto-based Lyrical Knockout Entertainment company.

Half of the proceeds from the record's sales will go towards Shakur's inner city health and education initiative.

Track listing

No.TitlePerforming ArtistLength
1."PSA (Public Service Announcement)" Dr. Mutulu Shakur  
2."Straight Ahead" Mopreme Shakur  
3."Blessings" Outlawz  
4."Since You've Been Gone"SLICK 
5."Enemies Of The State (recorded from prison)"S.C.U. [Solitary Confinement Unit] 
6."Never Give Up"Legacy 
7."The Truth (From prison & outside)"Strap, Imaan Faith 
8."Thug Code (from prison)"S.C.U. 
10."The First Teardrop (from prison & outside)"S.C.U. 
12."The Struggle"P.O.W. [Prisoners of War] 
13."Missing In Action"S.C.U. 
14."For Tupac Amaru"Dr. Mutulu Shakur 

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