Tupac’s Legacy Lives On: His 6 Posthumous Studio Albums Ranked

Tupac's 'The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory' Album Cover
Tupac's 'The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory' Album Cover

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death. Unbelievable.

One of the saddest things about his passing is that hip hop lost one of its most important voices. Even though he was only 25 years old when he was fatally shot in Las Vegas, he had already used his platform to address race relations in a clear, eloquent way. Without question, if he was still here, he would be on the frontline of the conversations about #BlackLivesMatter. We could really use a solider like him right now.

Fortunately, he was a lyrical genius who recorded so much good music during his short life. After he died, Death Row Records, his mother’s Amaru Entertainment, and Interscope released six posthumous solo studio albums. I had the honor of recapping the sets and raking them for Yahoo Music. It was not an easy feat, but I did it, respectfully.

Check it out here.

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Billy Johnson, Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo Music for 17 years, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music since 1991 and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. His work has additionally been featured in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source, Upscale and more. Billy has appeared as a music expert on CNN.com, Tavis Smiley, E!, The Insider, BET, VH-1, ABC, FOX, AXS-TV, TV Guide, NPR, KNX, KFI, WCAP, WBZ, among others.


  1. Makaveli is up there with all eyez on me and me against the world for Pac’s best album ever – dead or alive. #2 behind better dayz? Go home, Billy. You’re drunk.

  2. Better days was awesome, but was the 7 day theory too complex to earn #1 or somethin? He gave one of the best rap cds ever and you gave it a silver medal. But i guess Pac said it best, “Picture jewels being handed, to an innocent child”

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