Live At The Hose Of Blues (Explicit Version) CD (2005)

Artist: Tupac Shakur

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Label Eagle Rock Media/fontana
SKU 64007729
UPC 826992008028
UPC 14 00826992008028
Format CD
Release Date 10/4/2005
Author Tupac Shakur
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Collection (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Cocktails (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Retaliation Revenge & Get Back (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Retaliation Revenge & Get Back (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Old School Funkin Hip Hop 2
Compilation Appearance In A Major Way (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Collection (Clean Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Against The Grain (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Death Row's Greatest Hits: Chronicles(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Death Row Archives:soundtracks(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dr Dre:chronicles(w/ Bonus DVD)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trill Og(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trill Og (Screwed Chopped)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Art Of War (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Django Unchained (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Novakane
Compilation Appearance A Different Me
Compilation Appearance Rap A Lot Greatest Hits
Associated Artist/Work Don Killuminati
Technical Info
CatalogID 20080
Lable Name Death Row (USA)
Released 10/04/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00826992008028
Musical Guests
Snoop Dogg
K-Ci & JoJo
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Kevin Powell.
Recording information: The House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA.
The 2005 release of Live at the House of Blues is nothing to get excited about, but at least it's a legitimate 2Pac release. Well, sort of. It's legitimate in the sense that it is what it's billed as -- a live recording of 2Pac's July 4, 1996, performance at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles -- though it's kind of a scam, too, because 2Pac's performance is unfortunately abbreviated at only nine songs. You see, he and the Outlawz were the opening act that night, with Snoop Dogg and tha Dogg Pound headlining. (2Pac does come out for the encore, however, joining Snoop for a performance of "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.") The packaging of Live at the House of Blues, like oh so many posthumous 2Pac releases, is shrewdly misleading. Judging from the cover of the album, you'd think Snoop and tha Dogg Pound were guests here, not vice versa. Oh well, such scamming has become par for the course with 2Pac releases, so just let it be. In regard to the performance itself, it's one of the best 2Pac live performance out there, which is good news for collectors. That said, it's still lousy. For one, the sound quality is good to poor, especially the beats, which are low in the mix. (This sounds like an audience recording.) For two, the Outlawz are very much unwelcome here. These guys detract much more than they add to the performance, always rapping, er, shouting along with, er, over 2Pac when they'd be better off keeping their mouths shut and letting the man work his magic. And for three, hardcore rap like this just doesn't translate well to a live context. It just sounds like a riot, with a lot of amped-up dudes shouting raps over muffled music while the audience roars with unchecked approval. On the bright side, 2Pac does launch a tirade against Nas here, which is pretty curious. The song is called "Troublesome," and it's a long, bitter rap over the beat to "If I Ruled the World." Then comes "Hit 'Em Up," which only furthers the tirade. In the end, if you feel inspired to check this recording out, you're recommended to watch the DVD rather than listen to the CD, because this performance seems more like a spectacle than a musical event. But don't bother doing so unless you're really feeling driven. As with the 2Pac Live release from Death Row a year earlier, Live at the House of Blues taints 2Pac's legacy more than it aids it. It's just an ugly performance, plain and simple, one that furthers the myth of 2Pac as a belligerent, death-wishing thug, certainly not the saintly ghetto poet that many folks would prefer to remember him as. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Disc 1
1 Ambitions Az a Ridah
2 So Many Times
3 Troublesome
4 Hit 'Em Up
5 Tattoo Tears
6 All About You
7 Never Call U B***h Again
8 Freek'n You
9 How Do You Want It
10 What Would You Do
11 Murder Was the Case
12 Shiznit, The
13 If We All Gonna F**k
14 Some Bomb A** (P***y)
15 Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)
16 New York
17 Big Pimpin'
18 Do What I Feel
19 G'z and Hustlas
20 Who Am I (What's My Name)
21 Me in Your World
22 For My Niggaz and Bitches
23 Doggfather
24 Gin and Juice
25 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Product Attributes
Artist Shakur,Tupac
Label Eagle Rock Entertainment
Music Format Compact Disc

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