Tupac Shakur / Eminem
Eminem produced 12 songs based around previously unreleased verses from late rapper Tupac Shakur for the album "Loyal to the Game." Due this week via Amaru/Interscope, the 16-track set is the seventh album of Shakur's music to be released since he was shot and killed in 1996.
In addition to the single "Thugs Get Lonely Too" featuring Nate Dogg, the album includes guest appearances from such hip-hop superstars as 50 Cent, Jadakiss and Lloyd Banks, as well as Eminem protege Obie Trice, Outlawz, Sleepy Brown, Young Buck and Ronald Isley.
The four tracks Eminem did not produce were helmed by Raphael Saadiq, Scott Storch and Red Spyda. Shakur's mother Afeni served as executive producer in tandem with Eminem.
Eminem previously raided Tupac's vault for the 2003 soundtrack to "Tupac Resurrection," for which he produced three songs. The track "Runnin' (Dying To Live)," which featured a verse from fellow late rapper Notorious B.I.G., reached No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.