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The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996)

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The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Meaning Makaveli The Don - Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory and commonly shortened to The 7 Day Theory) is the fifth and final studio album by Tupac Shakur, under the new stage name Makaveli, finished before his death and his first studio album to be posthumously released. The album was completely finished in a total of seven days during the month of August 1996. The lyrics were written and recorded in only three days and mixing took an additional four days. These are among the very last songs he recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7, 1996.

In 2005, ranked Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory at #9 on their greatest hip hop albums of all time list and, in 2006, recognized it as a classic. The emotion and anger showcased on the album has been admired by a large part of the hip-hop community, including other rappers.
Ronald "Riskie" Brent is the creator of the Makaveli Don Killuminati cover painting.

George "Papa G" Pryce, Former Head of Publicity for Death Row, claimed that "Makaveli which we did was a sort of tongue and cheek and it was not really to come out and after Tupac was murdered, it did come out. But before that it was going to be a sort of an underground."
The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Billboard 200.
The album generated the second-highest debut-week sales total of any album that year,
selling 664,000 copies on the first week.
This album was certified 5X Platinum on June 15, 1999.


Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory has also gained praise for its production. Although many of Shakur's usual producers were not involved in the project, the producers still managed to come through for the project. The only producer Shakur had worked with prior to this album was QD3, the son of Quincy Jones and brother of Shakur's girlfriend Kidada Jones. Shakur also co-produces three tracks on the album. The other two producers were Hurt-M-Badd and Darryl “Big D” Harper. E.D.I. Mean of the Outlawz recalls:
At the time Hurt-M-Badd, who was just an up-and-coming producer at Death Row, and Darryl Harper, who was an R&B producer - Suge had him working on all the R&B projects - they had a green room up in Can-Am which everybody around Death Row called the "wack room" because they said "Ain't nothing but wack shit come out of there." But we was up in the studio one day and we trying to get music done - ain't none of us producers - we see them two niggas in the "Wack room" and 'Pac like, "Go get them niggas." So niggas go bring them, 'Pac just putting niggas to work like, "I need a beat here, I need y'all to do this, do that." And these are niggas that nobody at Death Row was fucking with. They'll tell you themselves.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Intro/Bomb First Tupac Shakur       04:57
1-2 Hail Mary Tupac Shakur       05:09
1-3 Toss It Up Tupac Shakur       05:06
1-4 To Live & Die in L.A Tupac Shakur       04:33
1-5 Blasphemy Tupac Shakur       04:38
1-6 Life of an Outlaw Tupac Shakur       04:55
1-7 Just Like Daddy Tupac Shakur       05:08
1-8 Krazy Tupac Shakur       05:15
1-9 White Man'z World Tupac Shakur       05:38
1-10 Me and My Girlfriend Tupac Shakur       05:10
1-11 Hold Ya Head Tupac Shakur       03:58
1-12 Against All Odds Tupac Shakur       04:36





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