It has been reported that the estate of late rapper and activist Tupac Shakur, is readying itself to release four previously unreleased songs by the late musician as part of a forthcoming Greatest Hits album.
This news came via Pac’s “only official fan page”, which wrote on their Instagram that the album will “consist of previously released recordings from the ‘2Pacalypse Now’ period to Pac’s ‘Thug Life’ period with 4 previously unreleased Pre-Death Row tracks.” Interestingly, the post now appears to have been deleted.
The supposed update comes after an interview in December 2022, when 2Pac’s associate E-Love claimed that previously unreleased songs produced by DJ Battlecat would be released sometime in 2023.
“Bob did more songs with him than I did,” E-Love asserted on the I Only Touch Greatness podcast. “I did two to three songs. Actually two songs are coming out next year. Bob did a string of songs that still have not yet come out.”
There have been rumours of unreleased Pac tunes finally seeing the light of day for a while now. In 2018, the rapper’s estate settled a five-year lawsuit with his old label, Death Row Records. Notably, the company released two of his most lauded albums, All Eyez on Me and The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory. As part of the settlement – in addition to the financial compensation the estate received – a collection of unreleased music was turned over to them, and the potential release of two albums discussed.
The following year, one of the company’s founders, the incarcerated Suge Knight, took to Instagram to claim that Pac was back in the studio and making new music, despite him being dead. “I GOT PAC BACK IN THE STUDIO. NEW MUSIC COMING,” he registered in a now-deleted Instagram post. “This ain’t a joke. @NewDeathRow??/?? Coming soon.”
Although many commentators questioned the motives for such a post, some posited that it was a way of promoting the unreleased music that the Tupac Shakur Estate is to release in future.