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Originally released in 2001, the album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
The magazine's weekly index of best-selling long players was published on a regular basis for the first time in March 1956.
On his landmark third album, ‘Me Against The World,’ 2Pac reconciled his two selves: the fearless gangsta rapper and the introspective poet.
The landmark album was released seven months before 2Pac’s death, at the age of just 25.
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2Pac's 2007 releases, 'THUG' and 'LIFE,' have been released on vinyl as 'The Best Of 2Pac' featuring classic songs and remixes.
Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
Director John Singleton left behind more than just a cinematic legacy; his soundtracks brought the black experience to life on the big screen.
The definitive Hip-Hop playlist featuring classics from N.W.A, EPMD, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Gang Starr, The Notorious B.I.G and many more...
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