Best of 2Pac

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Best of 2Pac
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedDecember 3, 2007
Genre Hip-hop
Label
2Pac chronology
Pac's Life
(2006)
Best of 2Pac
(2007)

Best of 2Pac is a posthumous greatest hits compilation series from rapper Tupac Shakur released in two parts – Thug and Life. Both albums were released on December 4, 2007 in the United States and December 3, 2007 in the United Kingdom, [1] having had been leaked on November 30. As of September 2011, more than 212,399 copies of Thug have been sold in the United States, while Life has sold more than 135,249. [2]

Contents

Best of 2Pac, Part 1: Thug

Best of 2Pac, Part 1: Thug
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Recorded1991–1996
Length51:54
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Best of 2Pac, Part 1: Thug is a posthumously released compilation album which is the first part of Best of 2Pac. It is sold separately from part 2 and was released on December 4, 2007. It consists mostly of songs released before his death.

Track listing

No.TitleProducerLength
1."2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, from All Eyez On Me , 1996) Dat Nigga Daz 4:06
2."California Love (Original Mix)" (feat. Dr. Dre, Roger Troutman) Dr. Dre 4:44
3."So Many Tears" (from Me Against The World , 1995)Shock G3:58
4."I Ain't Mad at Cha" (feat. Danny Boy, from All Eyez On Me , 1996) Dat Nigga Daz 4:54
5."How Do U Want It" (feat. K-Ci & JoJo, from All Eyez On Me , 1996) Johnny "J" 4:47
6."Trapped" (from 2Pacalypse Now , 1991)Ramon Pee Wee Godson4:45
7."Changes" (feat. Talent, from Greatest Hits , 1998)Deon Big D The Impossible Evans4:29
8."Hail Mary" (feat. Outlawz, from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory , 1996)Hurt-M-Badd5:12
9."Unconditional Love" (from Greatest Hits , 1998) Johnny "J" 3:58
10."Dear Mama (Remix)" (feat. Anthony Hamilton, from Pac's Life , 2006)Frank Nitty5:29
11."Resist the Temptation" (feat. Amel Larrieux, previously unreleased) Jake One (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)5:44

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [8] Silver60,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Best of 2Pac, Part 2: Life

Best of 2Pac, Part 2: Life
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Recorded1989–1996
Length46:50
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Best of 2Pac, Part 2: Life is a posthumously released compilation album which is the second part of Best of 2Pac. It is sold separately from part 1 and was released on December 4, 2007. It consists mostly of songs released after his death.

Track listing

No.TitleProducerLength
1."Definition of a Thug Nigga" (from R U Still Down? (Remember Me) , 1997) Warren G 4:08
2."Still Ballin' (Nitty Remix)" (feat. Trick Daddy, from Better Dayz , 2002)Frank Nitty (Original by Johnny "J")2:50
3."Until the End of Time (RP Remix)" (feat. Richard Page, from Until the End of Time , 2001)Johnny "J" & Frank Nitty4:28
4."Never Call U Bitch Again" (feat. Tyrese, from Better Dayz , 2002) Johnny "J" 4:38
5."They Don't Give a Fuck About Us" (feat. The Outlawz, from Better Dayz ) Johnny "J" 5:06
6."Keep Ya Head Up" (feat. Dave Hollister, from Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. , 1993)DJ Daryl4:24
7."Ghetto Gospel" (feat. Elton John, from Loyal to the Game , 2004) Eminem (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)3:58
8."Brenda's Got a Baby" (from 2Pacalypse Now , 1991)Deon Big D The Impossible Evans3:53
9."Thugz Mansion" (feat. J. Phoenix, from Better Dayz , 2002)A. "Pitboss" Johnson, Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton, and Claudio Cueni (Original by Johnny "J")4:12
10."When I Get Free III" (from Until the End of Time , 2001) Cold 187um 4:30
11."Dopefiend’s Diner" (previously unreleased) Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Vocals by Jessica "Betty Jo" Santos/Salinaz (Originally produced by Big D The Impossible)4:53

Charts

Chart (2007)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [4] 77
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [5] 15
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) [6] 8

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [9] Silver60,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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