R U Still Down? Rap idol 2Pac might find yet another life after death with his second posthumous release, an improvement on his first. That’s not to say this… R U Still Down? Rap idol 2Pac might find yet another life after death with his second posthumous release, an improvement on his first. That’s not to say this… Tupac Shakur Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

R U still down? (remember me) (1997)

Tupac Shakur, R U Still Down?

"DOWN" BUT NOT OUT: Rapper 2Pac's legacy lives on in new album

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Tupac Shakur; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Rap idol 2Pac might find yet another life after death with his second posthumous release, an improvement on his first. That’s not to say this collection of unreleased material from 1991 to 1994 shows him at his best: Many of the 26 tracks are barely demo-worthy gangsta pap, and none rival ''Dear Mama'' for tragic grandeur. Still, 2Pac’s raw talent burns through when his voice goes hoarse with rage on ''Hellrazor.'' And on ''I’m Losin’ It,'' his blend of charismatic confidence and Travis Bickle paranoia is a bittersweet reminder of a gifted yet contradictory artist lost in the rap wars.

Originally posted Dec 22, 1997 Published in issue #410 Dec 19, 1997 Order article reprints
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