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Better Dayz [Explicit Lyrics]

2PacAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000075BFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Still Ballin
3. When We Ride On Our Enemies
4. Changed Man
5. F*** Em All
6. Never B Peace
7. Mama's Just A Little Girl
8. Street Fame
9. Whatcha Gonna Do
10. Fair Xchange
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. My Block Remix
2. Thugz Mansion
3. Never Call U B**** Again
4. Better Days
5. U Can Call
6. Military Minds
7. Fame
8. Fair Xchange Remix
9. Catchin Feelins
10. There U Go
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2Pac's been dead for more than six years, and in that time his estate has released a dizzying array of questionable posthumous material--with much more to come in 2003, by the way (the liner notes list documentary soundtracks, another unreleased double album, DVDs, etc.). On the first disc's "Intro," an unnamed street reporter wonders, "Where are these songs coming from?" After repeated listens, your best guess would be from his unfinished studio outtakes. Nevertheless, these tracks were apparently recorded during his prolific, vexed Makaveli stage. "When We Ride on Our Enemies" demonstrates much vitriol, as Pac's verses are littered with fightin' words for rappers like Mobb Deep and Da Brat. Likewise, "F*** 'Em All" hurls threats at the late Notorious B.I.G., reminding fans of the time when media-induced East Coast-West Coast feuds were way out of control. The ghetto Elvis's tales of slum grandeur reach their zenith when he serves up his explicit boasts to women on "Fair Xchange." Gripping.

It's too bad the first disc's last track, an acoustic version of "Thugz Mansion," undermines much of the credibility of this project. When Pac's alleged enemy Nas's vocals are mixed in to appear like he's sitting next to Pac by a fireplace all warm and toasty, sharing rhymes, you immediately smell the influence of executive producer Suge Knight. The second disc is just as dodgy, but might resonate more with new fans simply wanting to hear good beats and rhymes. "Never Call U B**** Again" is a tidy love song that R&B crooner Tyrese complements well, while the title track featuring Ronald "Mr. Biggs" Isley provides a necessary escape from much of Pac's brooding imagery. In the end, the quandary of this double disc has nothing to with Pac but with producer Johnny "J"'s middling G-funk-lite beats and Suge Knight's involvement. This one's for collectors and curious onlookers. --Dalton Higgins

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2PAC Lives, but Better Dayz Needs Better Production December 11, 2002
By Brasky
Format:Audio CD
If you were to count the actual number of CDs that have come out since Tupac Shakur's murder in September 1996, Better Dayz would actually be the 7th & 8th (Makaveli - 1; R U Still Down - 2 & 3; Still I Rise - 4; Until the End of Time - 5 & 6). One might expect the quality of recordings to go down with each passing release; however, they have remained remarkably consistent.
Like previous efforts, this album definitely contains some gold nuggets. Disc One includes "Still Ballin", "When We Ride on Our Enemies", "Street Fame", and "Ghetto Star", which are excellent songs that capture the very essence of Makaveli. Disc Two boasts the superb numbers "My Block", "Thugz Mansion", "U Can Call", and "Fame".
Two songs stand out, easily rising into the category of among 2Pac's best work ever. "Mama's Just a Little Girl" is not only heartbreaking and hopeful, but is incredibly innovative in the delivery of its lyrics and beats. And "Better Dayz" is one of those songs we've been waiting for - it almost seems like they should have saved it for his final CD.
As good as these tracks are, however, they can not disguise the fact that Shakur's estate is repeatedly falling into the same trap every year.
The problem is that for every brilliant song that is released, there are at least two "filler" songs that suffer from poor sound quality or overproduction by artists that really have no business being involved with 2Pac's legacy. Understandably, Afeni Shakur and Suge Knight have sought to update (sometimes completely change) many of the unreleased tracks in an effort to keep the sound current while expanding his fan base beyond the standard cult following. It just seems like sometimes they pick the worst possible people to accomplish this task.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thugz Mansion February 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
2Pac is a rare phenomenon in music. Being shot down in 1996, he has released more albums dead than alive. He has an amazingly loyal fanbase who stick by him; almost to cult like behavior. Such an amazing and controversial character, his lyrics make you care; his music is undeniable and his charm and personality is likable. A troubled man people struggled to understand; sometimes very angry and at other times sincere, busting nines and riding on enemies while paying respects to his moms and educating the youth. This guy was real. Just like any person , he contradicts himself...changes moods and feelings on certain subjects. Able to speak through his lyrics and touch every single fan without changing his style.
This 2Pac recording is, on a whole, better than Until The End Of Time; even though all off the songs aren't unreleased. For example, "Late Night" and WHo Do YOu Believe In come straight off the Chronic 2000 album. "My Block" was featured on the The Show Soundtrack, and "Thugz Mansion" and Fair Xchange appear twice on the album. So Out of 26 tracks, 23 are new and two of those are remixes. Leaving 21 for the listener to digest. BUT if you know the underground, you have undoubtedly already heard When We Ride On Our Enemie and Life I Lead. NOt to mention 'Military Minds" appeared on the ONe Nation album. So that actually leaves 18 new tracks, minus the intro, which would make it 17 tracks. This tells me that the well is running low. This also tells me it should be the last 2Pac album.
I won't go through each song because 2Pac is/was a visionary and I could spend forever talking about the songs. There's a couple things you should know.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its amazin December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well when I found out Tupac was releasing another album with more unreleased material I was thinking it was going to ruin his legacy in that the material he would release now wouldnt be as good as past stuff.
Anyway I went out and bought the album and all i gotta say is WOW!!!
This album is totally off the hook!! This proves that Tupac was the best rapper ever. The thing is there are some rappers that cant release a decent album when they are alive but this guys been dead 6 years and he comes up wid dis. All I gotta say that is totally amazin and it blew me away.
It may not quite be up there with "all eyes on me" but hey then again no album will ever be.
There isnt a bad song on this album they are either good or amazing.
1. intro - news reporter reporting on where these tupac songs are coming from then a countdown till release of album
2. still ballin (10/10)
3. When we ride on our enemies (8.5/10)
4. Changed man (10/10)
5. F*** Em All (8/10)
6. Never B Peace (10/10)
7. Mama's Just A Little Girl (9.5/10)
8. Street Fame (9/10)
9. Whatcha Gonna Do (8/10)
10. Fair Xchange (10/10)
11. Late Night (8/10)
12. Ghetto Star (8/10)
13. Thugz Mansion - acoustic (10/10)
1. My Block remix (10/10)
2. Thugz Mansion (10/10)
3. Never Call U B**** Again (8/10)
4. Better Dayz (10/10)
5. U Can Call (9/10)
6. Military Minds (8.5/10)
7. Fame (8/10)
8. Fair Xchange Remix (10/10)
9. Catchin feelings (8.5/10)
10. There U Go (9/10)
11. This life I lead (9/10)
12. Who Do U believe in (10/10)
13. They Dont Give A F*** About us (9.5/10)
If you aint got this album and you like any of Tupacs stuff shame on you. Just get it now cos its great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Dayz is a great album almost compares to some ...
Better Dayz is a great album almost compares to some of his albums when he was alive. 2 disc good beats artist that were on this project did a good job. Read more
Published 1 month ago by craig zook
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Another Great Album by the GOAT, with great production and A+ lyrics like always, some unexpected feature from Trick Daddy, Nas, Tyrese, Mya,Anthony Hamilton but it was all great... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wisdom Urban Wear
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Artist
You really cant go wrong with anything that has 2pac's name on it. Always a good listen. Better than what they rap about nowadays.
Published 7 months ago by James McCulley
5.0 out of 5 stars it's 2pac, no more needs to be said
bought this for my husband but also for myself. one artist we both love and respect is 2pac. very happy with this album, worth every penny
Published 7 months ago by Cena Marie Felter
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the album but the reverse edit gets annoying
The only thing annoying is the reverse edit. I mean come on this was made in 2002 okay, new millennium, this should mean a different editing method, as this had became played out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DJ Angry
5.0 out of 5 stars Really solid and enjoyable
Maybe I'm biased because I like 2pac alot but everything he does I normally enjoy. It's just a matter of what album or song I like better than the other. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tupac, and I love this c.d.!
I love Tupac, love his songs, words and music! This is just about his best c.d., if you ask me. My kids love it too, actually, they now have it :) Go ahead and get this, it's a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marsha McCroskey
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
idk what yall are selling but that c didnt play at all supposta b brand new thats a lie it hade scratches verywere yall are rip offs
Published on May 2, 2011 by young shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Disc 2 is a Classix own it's own
I remember when me and my homeboy listened to this when it came out 2002, this album is off the chain. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by William Mebane
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop producin Pac's Mom! Better Dayz, indeed does need better...
Still Ballin? - With Trick Daddy(Im from the 305 myself and the song is good but WTF?) My favorite is they don't give a F*** about Us", and some others, cd is good but not great,... Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by Jose Lopez
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