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"Until The End Of Time"
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Year of Release: 2001
Ballad Of A Dead Soulja
Let Em Have It
Letter 2 My Unborn
The Wrong N****
Thug N U Thug N Me Remix
Everything They owe
Until The End Of Time
World Wide Mob Figgaz
Big Skye Interlude
My Closest RoadDogz
N****** Nature Remix
When Thugz Cry
U Don't Have 2 Worry
This Ain't Livin
Why U Turn On Me
Thug N u Thug N Me
Words 2 My First Unborn
Let Em Have It Remix
Runnin On E
When I Get Free
Until The End Of Time Remix
2Pac related sites:
"Until The End Of Time"
The late Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) marks his debut on WSVNRadio with his posthumous album, Until The End Of Time.
Released in the year 2001, 2Pac suffered his untimely death in 1996, as a result from a shooting. 2Pac, like many other
common-day rappers, achieved his "greatness" in his lyrics, in how he lived his life, of drugs, sex, and violence. His
early childhood did involved violence, as his godfather was convicted of murdering a school teacher. His stepfather was
on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. His sister was accused of killing a state trooper.
To better understand how 2Pac made such an impact on Rap music, was his lyrics:
The End Of Time Lyrics can be found here.
Aside from his lyrical content, most Rap songs do get on one's nerves. In looking at this album from a musical-styled
approach, the first disc of the two would probably be the best bet. Noted, all the songs on this album were being worked
on before 2Pac's untimely death. (Actually, these songs were from his Makevali period.)
The album's opening song is a good tune, and let's sort out all of the "good tunes" here: "Ballad of a Dead Soulja,"
"Happy Home." On that note, "F----- Wit The Wrong N----" is "cool"; "World Wide Mob Figgaz" is even
NICER! as it resembles a song that Will Smith could possibly cover.
Now let's cover the "ok" tunes: Eminem comes to mind on "F*** Friendz"; where these others are just "ok" --
"Lil' Homies," and "Good Life." The next set of tunes are "not bad"; but then again, they're not great
either: "Thug N U Thug N Me Remix," "Everything They Owe."
Now for the "just another common [and/or annoying] Rap songs" : "Let Em Have It" (uggh); "Letter 2 My
Unborn" (does get better toward its end), "Breathin'" is a good song, despite the "loud" rapping. "All
Out" (annoying). "M.O.B." (another common uggh).
One song to mention (and is probably the best song from this 2-disc set, is the title track. It samples the hit
by the band Mr. Mister, "Broken Wings." Guest vocalist R.L. helps out too.
The short "Big Skye Interlude" leads off the second disc, as it is a common "boom-bada-boom" of a Rap song.
(Sounds more like the beat of the jungle...) "My Closest RoadDogz" is not a bad tune; it does resemble another
tune that Eminem could record. The #1 hit by Ja Rule -- "Always On Time" comes to mind on "N----- Nature Remix"
in a way; as the Ja Rule tune slowly grew on me, when it was a hit. This Ja Rule song also comes across on another track,
"This Ain't Livin'"; (another "good" tune).
When I first read the track name "When Thugz Cry," I thought of a possible remake of Prince's "When DOVES
Cry" 2Pac's song here is good, and no, it is NOT the Prince song with different lyrics.
The remaining tracks are in the category of "ok" and "your common everyday Rap sounding tunes" -- "Thug N U Thug N Me
Remix" is pretty much like the original from disc one. "Runnin On E" starts out cool in its beginning, but gets
a bit annoying with its common-day Rap style. "When I Get Free" and the "Let Em Have It Remix" are also
common-day Rap tunes. The others ["U Don't Have 2 Worry," "Why U Turn On Me," "LastOnesLeft," "Words 2 My First
Born," are all "just ok."
The last track (just as the last track on Disc One) is the remix of the title track. Disc One's version I think is
the better of the two.
I guess I'd have to look over that lyric website link shown earlier in this review, to see exactly how 2Pac put his
words to his music. When I analyze Rap music (or any other style for that matter), the music and how it's set is what
gets my attention first. After that, the lyrics follow. For most of us, Rap CAN and WILL BE the most ANNOYING genre
of music known in the History of Music. Yet, there are some Rap artists and Rap songs that are far sure better than
Just as 2Pac's lyrics was the "heart and soul" of what he stood for, his words referenced on an Amazon.com
review of Until The End Of Time was pretty haunting:
"Remember me as an outcast outlaw,
Another album out, that's what I'm about, more,
Gettin' raw 'till the day I
see my casket,
Buried as a G, while the world remembers me,
Until the end of time."
Pretty scary. I think 2Pac had a premonition on his own life... That his life, according to him, would be short-lived.
Long live 2Pac.
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