2Pac was a legend in the 1990s and one of the world’s most well-known rappers. He began his career as a roadie for the Oakland collective Digital Underground, led by the emcee Shock G. 2Pac (real name Tupac Shakur) was a local phenomenon and soon signed with Interscope.
Shakur’s first two albums, 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. The latter became a platinum-certified project, and before long, the musician had moved to Los Angeles and quickly signed with Suge Knight and Dr Dre at Death Row Records.
Shakur had a lot of ups and downs while on Death Row, including an attempted murder. In 1994, while in New York to work on music, the rhymer was shot at Quad Studios in Manhattan while exiting the building. This sparked a fiery feud. However, it made Shakur an icon as he put that energy into his music.
2Pac was a beast when it came to the studio and had worked with the likes of Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and others before he passed away. However, there was one recording that would be his last.
Shakur’s last track was recorded on September 6th, 1996, just one day before the rapper was deadly shot in Las Vegas. The emcee was in the city for a heavyweight boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. Mike Tyson wanted to use one of 2Pac’s tracks as his ring entrance song.
However, the song Shakur recorded for Tyson was his last. Before flying to Las Vegas, Shakur had visited the studio and recorded the song ‘Let’s Get It On.’ But he also recorded two more tracks, ‘Hell 4 A Hustler,’ ‘All Out’ and ‘Fame.’ Both tracks were released posthumously.
One figure who was in the studio with 2Pac before he died was the Bay Area artist Spice 1. In an interview for Vlad TV, the emcee revealed, “Yeah. I got like a couple…one or two that I know that no one heard before. The real, original song called ‘Fame’ was a song that me and Kokane and Tupac did a day before he got killed in [Las] Vegas. They took me and Kokane off of that [for the Better Dayz album] and put E.D.I. [and] the Outlawz [on it]. But I considered that song something sentimental to me too because it was two days, or a day, before ‘Pac went to Vegas.”
You can listen to the last track that 2Pac ever recorded in the video below.