TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR "MAKAVELI: 7 DAY THEORY" ALBUM LYRICS
1) Bomb First (My Second Reply)
2) Hail Mary
3) Toss It Up
4) To Live & Die in L.A.
6) Life of an Outlaw
7) Just Like Daddy
9) White Man'z World
10) Me and My Girlfriend
11) Hold Ya Head
12) Against All Odds
'MAKAVELI THE DON KILLUMINATI - THE 7 DAY THEORY' ALBUM INFO:
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory is the final album finished before 2Pac's untimely death and but was also the first album to be released after his death. Tupac chose to release this album under the name Makaveli, a pseudonym derived from the Italian political writer Niccolò Machiavelli. Tupac planned to alternate between 2Pac and Makaveli with releases of each of his future albums. Shakur was inspired by Machiavelli's works, including The Prince, and, The Art of War, which he had read whilst in prison. The album was completely finished and ready for release in an amazing seven days, written and recorded at the Can-Am Studios in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California during the month of August of 1996. The albums lyrics were written and recorded in only three days, with the mixing took up the additional four days. One of his most well known songs on the album, "Hail Mary", was written and recorded in only 30 minutes, all of which is astonishing when you have heard the full final product.
During the three days in which tracks were written 20 songs were completed, 12 of which made the final product. The album did not feature the star-studded guest list that 2Pac's All Eyez on Me did, instead most of the guest verses are supplied by Shakur's group The Outlawz. The only verse that was not from one of The Outlawz was from Bad Azz. The album has also gained praise for its production, and despite many of Shakur's usual producers not been involved in the project, the producers still managed to come through. The only producer Tupac had worked with prior to this album was QD3, the son of Quincy Jones and brother of Shakur's fiancé Kidada Jones. Shakur also co-produces three tracks on the album. The other two producers were Hurt M Badd and Darryl "Big D" Harper.
Although Tupac's work ethic enabled him to build up an unrivaled catologue of recorded material before his death, ensuring his fans would be left with quality music for decades to come, the tracks on this albm are among the very last songs he recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7th, 1996. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released almost two months after his death, on November 5th, 1996, but it is not a true posthumous album in the way that the later 2Pac albums are, since he completed the album before his death.
Tupac had complete creative input on the album from the name of the album, to the cover which Tupac chose to symbolize how the media has crucified him. The album has been recognized as a classic by many critics and fans, and the emotion and anger showcased throughout the album has been admired by most in the hip-hop community, including other Tupac's fellow artists. Tupac reverted back to a similar "nothing to lose" persona which he first adopted on his Me Against The World album, probably due to his earlier near fatal shooting, and its a style of rapping that many of todays rappers use since Shakur's death.
2Pac's Me Against The World album was the first true glimpse of the man that was Tupac Amaru Shakur, not the artist 2Pac, and was an album were he talked on everything HE wanted too, with no holds barred. Tupac even stated the album was his personal favourite upto that point in his career. He then signed to DeathRow and released the hugley successful All Eyez On Me album, and although All Eyez on Me was considered by Shakur "A celebration of life", The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory is a much darker album, considered one of the timeless classics not only in Tupac's discography, but also in hip-hop as it had a profound impact on the social and cultural aspects of hip-hop. Makaveli's style of rapping is still emotional, but is intensified on this album.
He switches his style and theme through each track on the album displaying a new confessional side to him, and consistent emotional depth, whilst freely naming and destryoing his many enemies, and even the people who he blamed for his shooting; "Set me up, wet me up, niggaz stuck me up / Heard the guns bust, but you tricks never shut me up / Touch one of mine, or anything I own / I will destroy everything you touch, play the game nigga / All out warfare, Eye For An Eye / Last words to a bitch nigga, why you lie?". This isn't just the sort of material that made him a gangsta icon; this is also 2Pac the soul-baring artist, and is a reason for the immense respect he commanded in the hip-hop community. His lyrics on this album continued to show him as phropetic in terms of his fate. He predicts his death is soon, and the fact that he would be murdered for the lyrics spoken on this album, both of which sadly turned out to be true; "Probably be murdered for the shit that I said / I bring the real, be a legend breating or dead".
Over time, the album also added to the many conspiracy theories that would form claiming Tupac Shakur is still alive today. Some of these include the fact that in the album's first track "Intro/Bomb First (My Second Reply)", a muffled Tupac can be heard saying "Shoulda shot me," which is confirmed by multiple audio tests and some members of 2Pac's group The Outlawz. However for many years, it was thought that he was in fact, saying "Suge shot me," with Suge being Marion 'Suge' Knight, the CEO of the label Tupac was signed too, Death Row Records. Also, at the beginning of the track "Hold Ya Head", voices whisper, "Can you see him? I see him." followed by Tupac murmuring, "I'm alive." Also if you rearrange the letters in the album title "Makaveli The Don Killuminati The 7Day Theory" You can make the sentence "Ok on tha 7th u think I'm dead yet I'm really alive". The 7th part of the re-arrangement refers to the 7th day after Tupac was shot, which was the day Tupac died, and fans also beleive this is why he named the album as The 7 Day Theory becuase he "planned" his death for his 7th day in hospital after the shooting. All the 2pac / Tupac Shakur alive theories can be found on www.2pacWorld.co.uk. The website have documented all the widely known conspiracy theories claiming Tupac is indeed still alive but have also tried to come up with logical explanations as to why the theory could be true, or is indeed false, a great read, so click here to visit them ;)
The 'Makaveli - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory' album made its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 663,000 copies in the first week alone, making Shakur the first rapper to have two #1 albums in one year. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was certified platinum on January 10, 1997 just over month after its release, and according to the RIAA has sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone, as it was certified as 4x platinum on June 15 1999.
Many fans consider "Makaveli - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" to be one of Shakur's best albums, the album has also rightfully earned significant critical acclaim within Hip-Hop, and earned a perfect 5 Star award from RapCentral.co.uk.
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