DAR Roundtable: 2Pac's Me Against The World vs Makaveli(The 7 Day Theory)

2Pac is one of the greatest rappers of all time. What he lacked in lyrical dexterity, he made up for in passion, flow and charisma. Two of his best albums, "Me Against The World" and "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory", are often debated so we sat down and wondered which is better between the two. Without no further adieu, let's get started.

Me Against The World

1. Intro
2. If I Die 2Nite
3. Me Against The World
4. So Many Tears
5. Temptations
6. Young Niggaz
7. Heavy In The Game
8. Lord Knows
9. Dear Mama
10. It Ain't Easy
11. Can U Get Away
12. Old School
13. Fuck The World
14. Death Around The Corner
15. Outlaw


Makaveli(The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory)

1. Bomb First
2. Hail Mary
3. Toss It Up
4. To Live and Die In L.A.
5. Blasphemy
6. Life Of An Outlaw
7. Just Like Daddy
8. Krazy
9. White Man'z World
10. Me And My Girlfriend
11. Hold Ya Head
12. Against All Odds

Me Against the World and The 7 Day Theory(Makaveli). Two classic albumsm and Pac's best work in my opinion. No, it's not All Eyez On Me, it's those two albums. Now when it comes down to which is better? In my opinion, it's the 7 Day Theory. This was a time where Pac was angry and ready to attack anyone in his way. Basically Pac's MMLP. Being fueled by anger and channeling it into a a thought provoking album is respectable. You'd think Pac would be spitting nonsense but with tracks like "Blasphemy" and "White Man'z World", it seemed like Pac never lost a step. He even had a "party track" with Toss It Up, along with mellow tracks like "To Live and Die in LA" as well. 7 Day Theory is the real Pac. All of his albums put into one to kick the realest shit he ever wrote. Going at Nas, Mobb Deep, Biggie, basically the entire East Coast with reckless abandon. A coast that Pac felt had did him dirty on that night in 1994. You could just hear the rage and intensity in almost every track. From "Bomb First" to "Against All Odds", Pac created a masterpiece that represented his true self. His inner being. One angry black revolutionary poet.

I'm a sucker for a well-thought out concept album. So, on the surface, I'd say that Makaveli wins out. However, Makaveli, sadly, feels less like a complete album when compared to Me Against the World, for obvious reasons. Yes, we got classic tracks such as "Hail Mary" from it. And "Hail Mary" is, quite possibly, one of my favorite Tupac tracks of all-time. And, when compared to the bloated All Eyez on Me, its conciseness makes for one of the best albums you can hear if you want an introduction to hip-hop or Tupac. However, Me Against the World gets my vote here because it has something for everyone without going overboard in length or getting bogged down within its own mythos. Now, I'm the guy who gives love to all of Pac's projects, so this one was kind of tougher than most "this or that" DAR roundtables. But, again, Me Against The World takes this one.

Both are classics. Both are his best albums released while he was living( All Eyez On Me is slightly overrated IMO). I'll give the edge to Makaveli on this. This tears me up because I LOVE Me Against the World as well. "Lord Knows" is so sad but true. Pac has me damn near in tears everytime I hear "It Ain't Easy", which is my favorite song on the album and on my top 10 songs of his. "So Many Tears" is another song that molded me into a man for real. But the reason I give the edge to Makaveli is because of the aggression. It was a purely dark, cryptic album. Too many classics. "Blasphemy" is so sinister and menacing, an all timer for sure.  "Hail Mary" itself is still haunting like it was made this year and still so relevant today. "Toss It Up", which has the all of the 90s R&B guys on there with hilarious verses,  for example the legendary K-Ci and Aaron Hall. The arch of the album leads with joints like "Krazy" and " Just like Daddy", which are catchy but still dark. And of course "Against All Odds" is one of my top disses(check the article) and the perfect song to end that wild ride of an album. That felt like a swan song and funeral of sorts since 2Pac was dead and entered Makaveli. I can't forget the infamous first 2 seconds of the perfect, aggressive intro "Bomb First" (should be honorable mention on my top disses) in which Pac (apparently) quietly whispers, "Suge shot me". The album just is a little more powerful than Me Against the World, which I still think is his 2nd best living album. Both are beautiful, but I edge it Makaveli

At one point, Pac was my favorite rapper. I drew inspiration from him, his story, his music, everything. These albums are both classics, and while Makaveli has quite a few classics on it, I lean towards Me Against The World easily every time. The sounds of Me Against The World are flawless and there is not a weak track in sight.

Both albums feature a certified amount of dopeness, but I always give the edge to Me Against The World. That desperation, pain, hurt, that feeling Pac gave us with the album is undeniable. "So Many Tears", "It Ain't Easy", and "Lord Knows" are not only my three favorite tracks off the album, but three of my all time favorite Pac tracks. Makaveli is great as well, with "Hold Ya Head", "Against All Odds", "Krazy", and more dope songs, but the production gets a little stale at times, knocking it just below Me Against The World. I have to edge it to Me Against The World.

What do you guys think? Reply with your opinion in the comments and let us know what album you choose.



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