| 1993–1995|| 1993|
| Jive Records, Out Da Gutta Records|
Big Syke (deceased)
The Rated R
Thug Life: Volume 1, Apocalypse
Hip hop music, G-funk, Gangsta rap
Tupac Shakur, Big Syke, Mopreme Shakur, Macadoshis, Stretch
Thug Life was an American hip hop group that consisted of Tupac Shakur, Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme Shakur, The Rated R, Macadoshis. They released one album, 1994's Thug Life: Volume 1, before disbanding after Tupac died on September 13, 1996 as well as Big Syke, who died on December 5, 2016, 20 years after Shakur's death.
Makaveli and Randy "Stretch" Walker formed Thug Life in 1992 with Tyruss “Little Psycho” Himes. They recorded a song also titled "Thug Life" and soon Little Psycho joined the group, under the name Syke. Later Macadoshis and The Rated R joined the group. They signed with Interscope Records and recorded an LP titled Thug Life Volume 1. Tupac’s stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur, later joined the group.
On September 26, 1994, Thug Life Volume 1 was released.
The first single and video was "Pour Out A Little Liquor" which was a Tupac solo song. Additional singles, "Cradle To The Grave", "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" and "It Don’t Stop" followed.
Tupac performed "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards. The album was originally released on Shakur's label Out Da Gutta. Tupac's mother's label, Amaru Entertainment, has since gained the rights to the album.
The track "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" appeared on 2Pac's 1998 Greatest Hits album.
Thug Life: Volume 1 sold 478,419 copies in the United States as of 2011.
The track "Str8 Ballin'" was redone and released three years later on the Tupac album "R U Still Down?" (1997) under the title "I'm Gettin Money".
On November 30, 1995, Stretch died after being shot four times in the back by three men who pulled up alongside his minivan in Queens Village. Stretch was killed exactly one year after 2pac's 1994 Quad Studio shooting.
1994: Thug Life: Volume 1
- 2Pac (a.k.a. Makaveli) (d. 1996)
- Big Syke (a.k.a. Mussolini or Little Psycho) (d. 2016)
- Mopreme (a.k.a. Mocedes, The Wycked, Komani or Mo' Khomani)
- Macadoshis Mac 10 was not in Thug Life
- The Rated R (a.k.a. Super Star)
- Stretch (a.k.a. Big Stretch) (d. 1995)
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