2Pac: Greatest Hits

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap, Reissues; Lead Performer: Tupac Shakur; Producer (group): Interscope

While featuring four high-quality songs from 2Pac’s never-ending supply of unreleased tracks, his career-spanning collection of Greatest Hits is truly vital for painting a complete picture of rap’s symbol of martyrdom: 2Pac could be a paranoid gangsta (”2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”), a West Coast rump shaker (”California Love”), and, most interestingly, a sensitive ghetto poet (”Dear Mama”). Together, these seemingly disparate strands depict a fascinating portrait of an artist unafraid to be — or unable not to be — complicated. A-

Originally posted December 11 1998 — 12:00 AM EST

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