Friday, December 15, 2023

Makaveli On My Mind

I listened to a fascinating interview while browsing through YouTube in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The video is titled 'The Making of Makaveli: 7 Day Theory with engineer Lance Pierre' and it more or less sums it up. The channel interviews Lance Pierre who worked on Tupac Shakur's The 7 Day Theory album.

The album was released under Shakur's Makaveli alias less than a couple of months after he was killed. I have written many times in the past that it is my favourite album of his. It is arguably my favourite hip hop album. It's perfect with such a range of styles. 


Anyway, back to the interview.

The interviewee is Lance Pierre, who was a engineer on what turned out to be Shakur's last proper studio album. 

I was intrigued to learn that there were four other tracks that didn't make the final cut of the album. The first one mentioned - Watch Ya Mouth - is a diss track to Nas and other rappers and I can understand why it didn't end up on the album because there is a diss to Nas in another song on it (Against All Odds).

The second track mentioned was When Thugz Cry. This one made it to one of the posthumous Pac albums. I'm not completely sold on it.

Lost Souls and Let's Be Friends were the two other songs revealed. Both are in my list of favourite 2Pac songs. The former appears on the Gang Related movie soundtrack while I came across Let's Be Friends on a bootleg 2Pac album I bought within a couple of years of his death. It was the song I played the most on that CD.

So - with me saying that I would have enjoyed fifty-percent of the four tracks that didn't make the cut - I have to be straight up with this: I don't see how they could fit in the 7 Day Theory.

Maybe it's me being of that opinion because I believe what made the shelves is perfect as it is. 

This interview has made me consider creating my own playlist and make my own cut of the 7 Day Theory just to see how it would have been heard with the additional tunes. 

But, with that said: I don't want to spoil something as perfect as what we had back then.

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