Thug Life: Volume 1
2Pac created Thug Life to showcase his philosophy on ghetto life as well as his homies, but it turned into a stepping stone in his artistic development. With the G-funk era in full swing, the West Coast icon shifted from the frantic and noisy sound of his first two solo albums, and the change worked wonders. "Pour Out a Little Liquor," "Str8 Ballin'" and "How Long Will They Mourn Me" are among his best tracks. As for his Thug Life crew, they're dispensable -- Big Syke, for one, sounds identical to Pac -- and their sluggish flows screw up tracks like "Cradle to the Grave."