Review: 2Pac "Loyal To The Game"     

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When someone mentions 2Pac, I am reminded of the heavy hitting, energetic beats from mega hits like California Love, Can’t C Me, My Ambitionz Az A Ridah, and tons more. 2Pac had a way of getting a whole room pumped up with unique sounding, up-tempo beats combined with his fast and vicious rhymes. He had a way of connecting with his fans through his music in a way that you didn’t want to fast forward through any tracks, you just wanted to hear the whole album, which is a phenomenon in music now-a-days.


As someone who has been listening to 2Pac’s music for over 10 years, I have noticed the steady downfall of 2Pac’s unique style in his latest releases. When I first put this album in my stereo, I thought I was going to be listening to 2Pac, but I was sorely disappointed because it is nothing more than another Eminem release.


When Eminem was introduced to 2Pac’s acapellas for this release, I believe he forgot whose album Loyal To The Game was, since every song sounds like something off the Eminem Show or his latest release Encore.


The slow, off-beat instrumentals Eminem is known for is not what I expect to hear after hearing more than 8 albums of classic 2Pac on a daily basis as a huge fan of 2Pac’s music. Like the album title describes, this release was supposed to be reflective on the legacy of the great rapper but unfortunately every song sounds like the one before as a result of the talentless producing by Eminem.


If one or more tracks from Loyal To The Game were to accidentally be placed on All Eyez On Me for example, it would stick out like a sore thumb. Along those lines, this release will stick out forever as the ultimate sore thumb in the timeline of 2Pac releases.


To be truly loyal to 2Pac’s legacy, this album would have had better direction if it would have been produced by the producers of All Eyez On Me, Me Against The World, or Makaveli the 7 Day Theory. As I understand it, they were supposed to contribute to Loyal To The Game, but were later ditched from the project.


To add insult to injury, the song Hennessey contains a constant playing accordion, which sounds like something you would find the Clampetts dancing a jig to in The Beverly Hillbillies. This ‘red-neck’ style of music is something no 2Pac fan should have to listen to with 2Pac’s name stamped on it.


This has to be the most troubling review I have ever had to write due to the butchering that happened to a great rappers music. Too bad 2Pac can’t be here to stand up for his music since I think he would very disappointed with how his music and voice have been altered from their original form.


I hope to hear more of 2Pac’s unique voice in the future, but I hope to see the producing left to the people that actually knew 2Pac and want to see his legacy be carried on long into the future. We need producers who are no
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