Born on 16 June , Tupac Shakur remains one of the most renowned rappers of all time. And as the first solo rapper in history to enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the first hip-hop artist to release a double-album, Tupac always set the course, never followed it. His feud with The Notorious BIG still looms over the world of hip-hop, but his once-in-a-generation talent, career and legacy transcend all that, and the best Tupac songs make the case for him being the most essential rapper in hip-hop history. The album was recorded in and reflects the sombre, introspective mood he was in as he faced an impending jail sentence. Few rappers can make a Marvin Gaye sample their own, but Tupac manages just that in a track that more than earns its place among the best Tupac songs. Tupac is not the only rapper whose career has been shaped by his relationship with his mother.
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The album's non-chronological sequence focuses on the highlights of 2Pac's career. Some tracks have alternate mixes, while the original mix of " California Love " makes its first proper album appearance after initially only being available as a single. This is one of two 2Pac releases—and one of only nine hip hop albums—to have been certified Diamond in the United States. Greatest Hits debuted at number five on the US Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week. In January , the album reached its peak at number three on the chart. It has spent weeks on the Billboard Tupac Shakur's virtual appearance at the annual Coachella Festival on April 15, spurred a re-entry for the album on the Billboard chart; it jumped in at No.
This week sees the DVD release of Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me; the true and previously untold story of the prolific rapper, actor, poet, activist and hip-hop gamechanger. The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. Watch below:. I waited until the last day and then did my audition. To mark the film's home entertainment release, here's a look back at Tupac's biggest selling singles on the Official UK Chart - and which songs continue to make an impact in the downloading and streaming eras. Tupac's collaboration with Dr Dre was released as his comeback single following his release from prison in California Love has his big commercial breakthrough hit, spending two weeks at Number 1 in America and becoming his first Top 10 hit in the UK, where it reached Number 6. The track served as the lead single from his fourth album and last in his lifetime All Eyez On Me. It finishes as his third biggest single on the Official Chart with , combined sales, including 6. Originally released as the second single on his posthumous album Loyal to the Game, Ghetto Gospel samples Elton John's track Indian Sunset and was produced by Eminem.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Beloved Tupac cuts "Hail Mary," "Changes" and "I Ain't Mad At Cha" are omitted from this list because the songs had to be commercially available as a single to qualify for the chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No.