If anything, it kept me out of trouble. It was my safe haven. What did you learn from Tupac and how did The 7 Day Theory artwork come together? He was only a year older than me, but Pac was the big homie! He was so generous and a crazy workaholic. I remember I went to his house and Pac had this table set up where he would write.
It was surrounded by these opulent red curtains, like this grand cubicle he could concentrate at while writing. When Pac would write, it was like he was putting blocks together. The lyrics just poured out of him so quickly. The concept [for the artwork] was all his, with the different cities on the cross showing he was the most hated wherever he would go. His crucifixion was supposed to be a statement about race and what it felt like to be young, rich and black in America. The 7 Day Theory was originally going to be this underground album; Pac predicted the rise of mixtapes and was only going to sell it only at the mom-and-pop stores.
It only turned into a commercial album after he died. Do you remember his reaction when he first saw the artwork? It was September 6, , [the day before Pac was shot in Vegas] and I went to visit him in Malibu, California as Suge wanted a first draft by then! Pac loved it, he was in good spirits and thanked me for making what was in his head a reality. Death Row had just given me a budget to buy more arts supplies and canvases, and Pac wanted me to make paintings for his house.
He promised when he got back from Vegas he would host an art show introducing my work to the music industry. Unfortunately, he never made it back. That must have been a bittersweet feeling…. That album is a gift and a curse for me. Mean of the Outlawz and Ronald "Riskie" Brent revealed in an August interview that the official name of the album was mixed up in the rush to release the album following Tupac's death.
The album cover, which features Shakur on the cross in an attempt to convey his crucifixion by the media, was created in mid-August George "Papa G" Pryce, former head of publicity for Death Row, claimed that "Makaveli which we did was a sort of tongue-in-cheek, and it was not ready to come out, [but] after Tupac was murdered, it did come out Before that, it was going to be a sort of an underground [release].
Many of Shakur's usual producers were not involved in the project. The only producer with whom Shakur had worked prior to this album was QD3 , the son of Quincy Jones and half-brother of Shakur's girlfriend Kidada Jones. Shakur also co-produces three tracks on the album. They'll tell you themselves. During those days 21 songs were completed, 12 of which made the final product.
The album did not feature the star-studded guest list that All Eyez on Me did. Most of the guest verses are supplied by Shakur's group the Outlawz. The only verse that was not from one of the Outlawz was from Bad Azz. Young Noble of the Outlawz recalled: We had started writing the shit and we was taking long.
Bad Azz you got something? We had already been on a million 'Pac songs. That was his way of motivating us like, "If y'all ain't ready, then you don't make the song. Shakur's rapping is still emotional, but is intensified throughout. Some songs on the album contain both subtle and direct insults to Shakur's rivals at the height of the East Coast—West Coast feud. Rappers insulted include The Notorious B. They were scheduled to meet in Las Vegas , but never got the chance.
Riskie, while in Tupac's trailer showed him his art portfolio, impressing Tupac with his artwork. Upon seeing his artwork Tupac agreed that Riskie had good artistic talent and requested for Riskie to do his next album cover. Riskie received a phone call from the then President of Death Row Norris Anderson with Tupac's request that he be drawn on a cross for his next album cover.
Tupac is by himself in the image with his head tilted to the side, possessing the classic wound in his right side similar to the wound of Jesus as depicted in the accounts of his crucifixion. There is a bandana covering the head of Tupac and barbed-wire covering both his hands and his feet. Absent from the painting is Tupac's iconic "Thug Life" tattoo as it is covered up by the parental advisory sticker.
On the cross of Tupac there is a map connecting various cities from across the country. The cities listed have large African-American populations, including the major urban centers of the East, West, and Southern parts of the United States.
The color pattern of the cultural production is a gloomy red and black. The only light in the artistry is the moon and the few beams of light that emerge from the cracks on the cross. Near the bottom of the image is a written disclaimer: "In no way is this portrait an expression of disrespect for Jesus Christ. There are many interpretations of this album cover, the primary theme communicates that through depiction, Tupac is highlighting what he perceives to be his being vilified by the media and left alone to suffer his fate.
The parental advisor sticker could be a reference to both what he perceived to be his demonization due to his promiscuous lifestyle, but also and most importantly, it could be a reference to his conviction of sexual assault, a charge in which he maintained his innocence against. Furthermore, this theme of representation is also connected to the political commitments of Tupac Shakur as he was in the midst of deepening his political activity in the form of the creation of a Hip-Hop political party prior his murder.
A " were released on September 26, , and November 16, Dre 's former Death Row colleagues, including Shakur, recorded and attempted to release "Toss It Up", containing numerous insults aimed at Dr.
Dre and using a deliberately similar instrumental to "No Diggity", but were forced to replace the production after Blackstreet issued the label with a cease and desist order stopping them from distributing the song. The video also includes an appearance from actress LisaRaye McCoy.
I was in the studio with 'Pac, I had some records with me, and there was this old song that I played for him to see if he liked the vibe. He felt it and told me to go home and hook up a beat like that. I went home and hooked it up as fast as I could, and I think I came back the same night and he listened to the track three times, and in like 15 minutes he was already done with his lyrics. He went in the booth without telling anyone what the track was about he just laid it in one take — over about three tracks.
Then he told Val Young what the concept was, and she went in and laid her chorus vocal in one take, too. After the vocals were done, 'Pac had Ricky Rouse [Makaveli musician] replace my keyboard bass and guitar parts with live bass and guitar parts, and the song was done — less than two hours total. This song just flowed out of everyone that was a part of it. No one thought twice no one doubted anything. It was full speed ahead until it was done — as if it was guided or meant to be.
Ever since recording like that, without thinking twice like that, I have changed the way I look at making music. Universal Conquest Wiki. Studio album by Makaveli. All Eyez on Me Makaveli , E. Makaveli , Darryl "Big D" Harper. Makaveli , Outlawz , Prince Ital Joe. Makaveli , Outlawz. Makaveli , Bad Azz. The Rose That Grew from Concrete.