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Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...
is the second studio album by rapper Tupac
Shakur, released by T.N.T. Recordings, Interscope Records and EastWest Records America on February 16, 1993. The rights now belong to Amaru Entertainment. N.I.G.G.A.Z. in the title is an acronym for ("Never Ign'ant Getting Goals Accomplished'); the "Z" in the title makes it a plural. Similar to his debut, 2Pacalypse Now, the album contains many tracks emphasizing 2Pac's political and social views. The original album was going to be named "Troublesome 21" and released in September 1992, but it was scrapped.[8][9] Debuting at number 24 on the Billboard 200, this album saw more commercial success than its predecessor, and there are many noticeable differences in production. While Tupac's first effort included a more underground or indie-rap-oriented sound, this album was considered his "breakout" album. It spawned the hits "Keep Ya Head Up" and "I Get Around" and has since reached double platinum status. On vinyl, side A (tracks 1-8) was labeled the "Black Side" and side B (tracks 9-16) the "Dark Side." The album features guest appearances from the group Live Squad, 2Pac's stepbrother The Wycked (later known as "Mopreme", later a member of 2Pac's groups Thug Life
Thug Life
and The Outlawz), Ice-T, Ice Cube, Treach, Apache, Poppi, Deadly Threat, R&B singer Dave Hollister and Digital Underground. The album was reissued on double vinyl for its 25th anniversary on February 16, 2018 in regular and deluxe editions (the deluxe being only available on 2Pac's website). Similar to the original vinyl, LP1 is labelled as "The Black Disc" and LP2 "The Dark Disc". The album had sold 1,639,584 units in the United States as of 2011.[10]


1 Reception 2 Track listing 3 Samples 4 Charts and certifications

4.1 Certifications 4.2 Album
chart positions 4.3 Singles chart positions

5 See also 6 References


The Source (2/93, pp. 69–70) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...a combination of '60s black political thought and '90s urban reality, 2Pac is not afraid to speak his mind.... Balances the gangsta tendencies of street life with insightful revelations...." Melody Maker
Melody Maker
(5/1/93, p. 34) - "...[on Strictly] 2Pac drops rhymes that drip with the sweat of hardcore funk.... This is an adventure into life on the streets of America...."

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, wrote Ian McCann in Q, "found 2Pac feted by Hollywood and Ice Cube
Ice Cube
no longer an influence but a guest. Bitter, more distant, it offers the legendary 5 Deadly Venomz, Keep Ya Head Up and, ominously, Something 2 Die 4, on which 2Pac's ma warns him if he can't find something to live for, he should find something worth dying for. Gulp."[5] Track listing[edit] All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Holler If Ya Hear Me" Stretch 4:38

2. "Pac's Theme" (Interlude) The Underground Railroad 1:56

3. "Point the Finga" Big D The Impossible 4:25

4. "Something 2 Die 4" (Interlude)

2Pac Big D The Impossible


5. "Last Wordz" (featuring Ice Cube
Ice Cube
and Ice-T)

Bobcat Jam Master Jay


6. "Souljah's Revenge" Bobcat 3:16

7. "Peep Game" (featuring Deadly Threat) Bobcat 4:28

8. "Strugglin'" (featuring Live Squad) Live Squad 3:33

9. "Guess Who's Back" Special
Ed 3:06

10. "Representin' 93" Truman Jefferson 3:34

11. "Keep Ya Head Up" (featuring Dave Hollister) DJ Daryl 4:22

12. "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..." (featuring Pacific Heights) Lay Law 5:55

13. "The Streetz R Deathrow" Stretch 3:26

14. "I Get Around" (featuring Shock G
Shock G
and Money-B) The D-Flow Production Squad 4:19

15. "Papa'z Song" (featuring Wycked and Poppi) Big D The Impossible 5:25

16. "5 Deadly Venomz" (featuring Treach, Live Squad and Apache) Stretch 5:13

Total length: 63:55


Holler If Ya Hear Me[11]

"Atomic Dog" by George Clinton "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy

Point the Finga[12]

"Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" by Parliament "Warm It Up" by Kris Kross "N.T." by Kool and the Gang "One Man Band" by Monk Higgins and the Specialities "Gota Let Your Nuts Hang" by Geto Boys

Something 2 Die 4 (Interlude)

"(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" by Curtis Mayfield

Last Wordz[13]

"Better Off Dead" and "The N**** Ya Love to Hate" by Ice Cube "I Gotta Say What Up!!!" by Ice Cube "Holy Ghost" by The Bar-Kays "Tramp" by Lowell Fulson "Flash Light" by Parliament "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s "Dog'n the Wax" by Ice-T "Tha Lunatic" by 2Pac "Blind Alley" by The Emotions "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic

Souljah's Revenge[14]

"Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone "The Payback" by James Brown "Soulja's Story" by 2Pac

Peep Game[15]

"If My Homie Calls" by 2Pac "Don't Change Your Love" by The Five Stairsteps "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone "UFO" by ESG "Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika Bambaataa
and The Soulsonic Force "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner "Sing a Simple Song" by Please "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins "JD's Gafflin' (Part 2)" by Ice Cube "Our Most Requested Record (Long Version)" by Ice-T "Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson "Mind Blowin'" by The D.O.C.


"Ashley's Roachclip" by The Soul Searchers "Paid in Full" by Eric B. & Rakim

Guess Who's Back[17]

"Looking Out My Window" by Tom Jones "Ironside" by Quincy Jones

Representin' 93[18]

"Diary of a Madman" by Scarface "This One's for You" by Joe Public "Get 'Em Up" by E-40

Keep Ya Head Up[19]

"O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps "Be Alright" by Zapp

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...[20]

"UFO" by ESG "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic "Are You Experienced?" by Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Streetz R Deathrow[21]

"Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss "You're the One I Need" by Barry White "Us" by Ice Cube

I Get Around[22]

"Computer Love" by Zapp "The Ladder" by Prince and The Revolution "Step in the Arena" by Gang Starr Silly Rabbit, Trix Are for Kids "Impreach the President" by The Honey Drippers

Papa'z Song[23]

"Fool Yourself" by Little Feat "Soul Shadows" by The Crusaders
The Crusaders
and Bill Withers

5 Deadly Venomz[24]

"The Chokin' Kind" by Joe Simon "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc. interpolation of "Roots and Culture" by Shabba Ranks

Charts and certifications[edit] Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,639,584[10]

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions

Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

1993 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... 24 4

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions

Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40 Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales

1993 "I Get Around" 11 5 8 7 2

1993 "Keep Ya Head Up" 12 7 2 3 2

1994 "Papa'z Song" 87 82 24 — —

See also[edit]

1993 in music List of albums


^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/strictly-4-my-niggaz-mw0000093637 ^ Marisa Brown (1993-02-16). "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. - 2Pac Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-14.  ^ "Album: 2Pac: Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-03-21.  ^ GOLD, JONATHAN (1996-02-25). "2PAC "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.AZ . . ." Interscope - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-21.  ^ a b McCann, Ian: reissue reviews, Q, April 1997 ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 830. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  ^ " Tupac
- Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1998-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-21.  ^ "2Pac Interview 1992". YouTube. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "1992 - Troublesome 21 / Black Starry Night / Fragile". Rapper Severence. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ a b " Tupac
Month: 2Pac's Discography". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013.  ^ "Holler if Ya Hear Me by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ "Point the Finga by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ "Last Wordz by 2Pac feat. Ice Cube
Ice Cube
and Ice-T". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "Souljah's Revenge by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "Peep Game by 2Pac feat. Deadly Threat". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "Strugglin' by 2Pac feat. Live Squad". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ "Guess Who's Back by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "Representin' 93 by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ " Keep Ya Head Up
Keep Ya Head Up
by 2Pac feat. Dave Hollister". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "The Streetz R Deathrow by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ "Buy this Track I Get Around
I Get Around
by 2Pac feat. Shock G
Shock G
and Money-B". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ " Papa'z Song
Papa'z Song
by 2Pac feat. Wycked and Poppi". WhoSampled. Retrieved 26 November 2016.  ^ "5 Deadly Venomz by 2Pac feat. Live Squad, Treach
and Apache". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2016.  ^ "American certifications – 2 Pac – Strictly 4 My Niggaz". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 

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Studio albums

2Pacalypse Now Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... Thug Life: Volume 1 Me Against the World All Eyez on Me The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Posthumous albums

R U Still Down? (Remember Me) Still I Rise Until the End of Time Better Dayz Loyal to the Game Pac's Life

Live albums

2Pac Live Live at the House of Blues

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits The Rose That Grew from Concrete The Prophet: The Best of the Works Nu-Mixx Klazzics Tupac: Resurrection The Rose, Vol. 2 The Prophet Returns Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991 Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Vol. 2 Best of 2Pac

Related albums

Nothing but Trouble (soundtrack) Sons of the P Juice (soundtrack) Poetic Justice (soundtrack) Above the Rim
Above the Rim
(soundtrack) Gridlock'd
(soundtrack) Gang Related
Gang Related
(soundtrack) A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle

Extended plays

Makaveli & Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep


"Brenda's Got a Baby" "If My Homie Calls" "Trapped" "Holler If Ya Hear Me" "I Get Around" "Keep Ya Head Up" "Papa'z Song" "Cradle to the Grave" "Dear Mama" "So Many Tears" "Temptations" "California Love" "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" "How Do U Want It" "All Bout U" "I Ain't Mad at Cha" "Life Goes On" "Toss It Up" "To Live & Die in LA" "Hail Mary" "Wanted Dead or Alive" "Made Niggaz"

Posthumous singles

"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" "Do for Love" "Changes" "Unconditional Love" "Baby Don't Cry ( Keep Ya Head Up
Keep Ya Head Up
II)" "Who Do U Believe In" "Until the End of Time" "Letter 2 My Unborn" "Thugz Mansion" "Still Ballin'" "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" "One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" "Thugs Get Lonely Too" "Ghetto Gospel" "Untouchable" "Pac's Life" "Playa Cardz Right"

Other songs

"I Don't Give a Fuck" "Runnin' (From tha Police)" "Hit 'Em Up" "Are U Still Down" "Panther Power"

Featured singles

"Smile" "Playa Cardz Right"


The Rose That Grew from Concrete


Holler If Ya Hear Me


Nothing but Trouble Juice Poetic Justice Above the Rim Bullet Gridlock'd Gang Related


Biggie & Tupac Tupac: Resurrection Tupac: Assassination


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