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Reflecting On 24 Years Of Tupac’s Makaveli Don Killimunati 7 Day Theory Album

LEGENDS & ICONS - Article By Kevin Douglas


It was 24 years ago today that one of the top selling albums in hip hop history was released. Tupac Shakur’s “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory”  album was recorded in 12 days in August 1996. The project included classics such as, “Hail Mary”, “Me And My Girlfriend” and “Against All Odds”. These songs would eventually be remade by legendary artists such as Nas and Jay Z. The 5X platinum album has been listed as one of the top-selling Hip Hop albums of all time.

The album was released 24 years ago today after his untimely death in September of 1996, but the project led to many people speculating that the iconic hip hop artist was indeed still alive.

Hip hop critics at the time stated it was Tupac’s most influential album due to his increased status in pop culture and most controversial as he appeared on the cover of the album crucified on a cross. There was a message along with the picture stating it was no way trying to be disrespectful to Jesus Christ. It was done to illustrate that Tupac Shakur was being crucified by the media at the time for the east-west coast rivalry in rap.

The album concept also included shades of the life of Makaveli, a play on the name of Italian writer and philosopher Nicollo Machiavelli, who is believed to have staged his own death.

The mysterious incident that happened at the Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas in 1996. Tupac Shakur was not only a rapper that had mainstream success, but also many believe he was on his way to be a political leader.

Tupac’s last album that he recorded while he was alive was also controversial because he talked about the Illumaniti which was not mainstream back in 1996. Nice and Smooth speak on the iconic album below.