On this day in Hip-Hop History, the late Tupac Shakur released his third studio LP, Me against the world. This album came at one of the most pivotal moments in ‘Pac’s life and career. Recorded shortly after his near-fatal assassination attempt in New York and released while in prison, this album marked a change in 2Pac as an artist and as a man.
This album was nothing like the music that gave him his “thug life” gangster image and street cred. The theme and tone of this project were far more serious and introspective than anything I had previously released. Much less energy than the tracks on your previous album. Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ …, this album showed a genuine reflection on his life and career as an artist along with some of his personal struggles with paranoia and self-loathing.
The realism of this album brought a ridiculous amount of commercial success. Debuting at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album has been certified double platinum selling more than 3.5 million copies in the United States alone. In addition to being No. 1 in the United States, the album also ranked 23rd in Germany and 20th in Sweden. One year after its release, the album received the Soul Train Music award for Best Rap Album. The project was the album with the most positive reviews for Tupac and has been described as the masterpiece of his career.
Project singles “Dear Mama”, “So Many Tears” and “Temptations” made appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Dear Mama” peaked at # 9, “So Many Tears” peaked at # 44 and “Temptations” claimed # 68.