To say that the market has seen a flood of posthumous 2Pac albums in the last ten years would be an understatement. A “new” 2Pac album is no longer the exciting event that it once was. And although he recording a staggering amount of material in his final years, most of what is now released are stray verses, far removed from the context that 2Pac had originally intended. That’s the case once again with Nu Mixx Klazzics Vol. 2 (Evolution: Duets and Remixes.)
On the bright side, this is a better collection than the first Nu Mixx Klazzics album from 2003. The focus is remixes, so the deciding factor is the beats. Nothing here trumps the originals, but at least some chances are taken. On the one hand, the remix of “Hail Mary” is an embarrassingly bad heavy-metal remix that recalls the Judgment Night soundtrack. But on the other hand, it’s not a no-name producer doing his best Dr. Dre impression.
The guest shots are mostly limited to the Outlawz, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg, which at least salvages the authenticity of the late-era Death Row tracks being remixed. But no matter which way you cut it, this is a disc that even hardcore 2Pac fans will only spin a few times before delegating it to the massive pile of collectibles that they already possess. Then they’ll probably pop in Me Against the World and hope that the next lost ‘Pac album will feature actual lost tracks, presented exactly the way he wanted them to be.