love Pac, but one thing I think that always takes away from his legacy
is the fact that he never had a truly coast
defining/influential/undisputed classic album.
Most of the other artist in the GOAT discussion had a classic album to their name.
Nas with Illmatic.
Biggie with Ready to Die.
Jay with Reasonable Doubt.
Rakim with Paid In Full
Dre with The Chronic
Mobb Deep with The Infamous.
Outkast with Aquemini.
Wu Tang with 36 Chambers.
Raekwon with Only Built For Cuban Linx.
goes on and on. I guess the only album from Pac that people can
legitimately argue is Me Against The World. And while I'd agree that
it's his best album, it didn't have the influence or shakeup value that 7
Day Theory or All Eyes On Me had, and those, track to track, were only
In hindsight, there will be a lot of people that
will put Pacs albums in higher regard post death, even if at the time
they weren't as critically regarded, but even that doesn't change the
fact that none of Pacs albums shifted hip hop like Dre's did for the
west, Nas and Biggies did for the East, Outkast and Scarface did for the
He has as many classic songs as anybody though. So that will always go in his favor. Releasing 400 billion albums will do that.