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From left to right: Big Syke, Mopreme, Tupac, Macadoshis, The Rated R.
|Genres||Hip hop, G-funk, gangsta rap|
|Labels||Jive Records, Out Da Gutta Records|
Thug Life was an American hip hop group that consisted of 2Pac, Stretch, Big Syke, Mopreme, Macadoshis, and The Rated R. They released one album, 1994's Thug Life: Volume 1 , before disbanding in 1995.
2Pac, Randy "Stretch" Walker and Princess Mel formed Thug Life in 1992 with Tyruss "Little Psycho" Himes.They recorded a song also titled, "Thug Life". Soon Little Psycho joined the group, under the name Syke. Later Macadoshis and The Rated R joined the group. They signed with Interscope Records and recorded an LP titled Thug Life Volume 1. Tupac's stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur, later joined the group.
On September 26, 1994, Thug Life: Volume 1 was released.
The first single and video was "Pour Out a Little Liquor" (which originally appeared on the Above the Rim soundtrack, released six months earlier), which was a Tupac solo song.
Tupac performed "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards.The album was originally released on Shakur's label Out Da Gutta. Tupac's mother's label, Amaru Entertainment, has since gained the rights to the album.
The track "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" appeared on 2Pac's 1998 Greatest Hits album.
Thug Life: Volume 1 had sold 478,419 copies in the United States as of 2011.[ citation needed ]
On November 30, 1995, Stretch died after being shot four times in the back by three men who pulled up alongside his minivan in Queens Village.Stretch was killed exactly one year after 2Pac's 1994 Quad Studio shooting.
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Thug life may refer to: