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Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

by 2Pac 2Pac
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

by 2Pac 2Pac


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On 2Pac's debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, the rapper showed himself to be a supremely passionate man, brimming over with ideas and anger and ready to voice his political and social opinions, call things like he saw them. This same kind of energy and lyrical acumen is found on his sophomore release, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., a record that, while it begins exploring the MC's more gangsta side ("Last Wordz," for example, which features verses from Ice Cube and Ice-T), still includes the provocative, reflective lines on which he first made his name as a solo artist, and which he continued even as he became more and more popular (and, for some, more and more frightening). "Keep Ya Head Up," one of his biggest hits, and his tribute to black women, especially single mothers, is deeply thoughtful and poignant ("And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a woman/I wonder why we take from our women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women?"), expressing opinions that aren't often equated with hardcore rappers, while tracks like "I Get Around" brags about his sexual conquests. But this was what 2Pac was, anyway, a juxtaposition between tough and sensitive, social consciousness and misogynistic boasting, and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. shows this. The angry protest songs calling out police and politicians, reminiscent of Public Enemy -- and with Bomb Squad-esque beats to boot (albeit a lesser version of) -- the screw-the-world mentality, the soft introspection, the preaching-but-not-proselytizing, and the party anthems are all here, and though the production sometimes suffers, especially in the middle of the album, where it's utterly forgettable, the record shows a continually developing MC, with increasingly complex lyrical themes, well on his way to becoming nearly unstoppable.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0012414163424
catalogNumber: 41634
Rank: 23679


  1. Holler If Ya Hear Me
  2. Pac's Theme (Interlude)
  3. Point the Finga
  4. Something 2 Die 4 (Interlude)
  5. Last Wordz
  6. Souljah's Revenge
  7. Peep Game
  8. Strugglin'
  9. Guess Who's Back
  10. Representin' 93
  11. Keep Ya Head Up
  12. Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
  13. The Streetz R Deathrow
  14. I Get Around
  15. Papa'z Song
  16. 5 Deadly Venomz

Album Credits

Performance Credits

2Pac   Primary Artist,Vocals
Digital Underground   Track Performer
Ice Cube   Track Performer
Apache   Track Performer
Live Squad   Vocals,Track Performer
DJ Fuze   Drums
Stanley Franks   Guitar
Ice-T   Track Performer
Money-B   Vocals
Piano-Man   Keyboards
Black Angel   Vocals
Shockalock   Vocals
Pacific Heights   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Engineer
Shirley Murdock   Composer
Barry White   Engineer
Bill Withers   Engineer
Joe Public   Engineer
2Pac   Producer
Bar-Kays   Engineer
Mike Calderon   Engineer
Bobby Ervin   Producer
Bob Morse   Engineer
Piano-Man   rhythm arrangement
Special K   Producer
Larry Troutman   Composer
Laylaw   Producer
Akshun   Producer
Eric Altenburger   Art Direction
Atron Gregory   Executive Producer
DJ Daryl   Producer
Underground Railroad   Producer
Roger Troutman   Composer
Frank Macek   Engineer
D'Flow Production Squad   Producer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Lea Reis   Remixing
Ronald Brooks   Composer
Gregory Jacobs   Composer

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