Me Against The World – 25 Years Later
By David Jordan Jr
Tupac Shakur released perhaps his most pure, self presented album on March 14th, 1995, “Me Against The World.” Released by Interscope Records, he recorded the album over a two-year span from 1993 to 1994 with it containing some of his most intriguing and thought-provoking songs that he’d ever written. The album debuted at number one on the billboard, hip-hop and r&b charts. By December of 1995 the album was certified double platinum. For Shakur, “Me Against The World” was his third studio album as it followed his previous releases Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. and 2Pacalypse Now. A true collection of his views on love, life, fame and relationships, this album has a message that resonates just as much now with the world as it did twenty-five years ago. Three of the most memorable tracks from the album were “Dear Mama” (a tribute to his mother, the late Afeni Shakur), “So Many Tears” and “Temptations.” The three songs were accompanied by videos that did not feature Shakur as he was imprisoned at the time (the conviction was later overturned) but contained a plethora of artists that truly supported him and showed him, unconditional love, during the time of his incarceration. The album was produced by Easy Mo Bee, Johnny “J”, Soulshock & Karlin, Tony Pizarro, D-Flizno Production Squad, Jay-B, DF Master Tee & Moses, Mike Mosley, Ezi Cut, Shock G, Brian G, Sam Bostic, and Moe Z.M.D. A timeless album, “Me Against The World” allowed the world to capture the total essence of Tupac Shakur as not only an artist, but as a man, a son and a light of hope for not only black men of the world but all people of the world. A message of inspiration, a spirit of love and the mind of a genius, this is what makes this album one of the greatest musical albums of all time.
Check out this visual introspective of the album and listen to the full album below.