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|A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 16, 2006|
|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.    
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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.
|1.||"PSA (Public Service Announcement)"||Dr. Mutulu Shakur|
|2.||"Straight Ahead"||Mopreme Shakur|
|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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