1996 - Troublesome, Tha Secretz of War



"Troublesome, Tha Secretz of War" was a planned title for an album gathering a lot of tracks from 96, at the time he was recording radio versions for the singles of AEOM. This title reunited two important topics he failed to publish ("Mr. Troublesome" in Troublesome 21 and "Secretz of War" in the Euthanasia projects) It was first called "100% Black Gold" as you can see on a handwritten tracklist. So we kept the tracklist for the first disc of this album. This was the project of 2Pac before he thought about a full diss album and before he started the One Nation collaboration in the middle of june.

Handwritten tracklist of an early version of Troublesome, The Secretz of War, maybe at the time he re-recorded "Hit 'em up" (the 19th of april).


Tracklist :
Disc One :
1. Hit Em Up [version II] (Demo) feat. Outlawz
2. Wordz 2 My First Born (aka Things Are Changin') [version I]
3. Troublesome '96 [version I]
4. Made Niggaz (Demo) feat. Outlawz
5. When Thugz Cry feat. Nancy Fletcher
6. Never Had A Friend Like Me (Demo)
7. Never Call U Bitch Again [version I]
8. Fuckin Wit' The Wrong Nigga
9. Mama's Just A Little Girl
10. Who Do You Believe In feat. Kadafi, Big Pimpin' Delemond & Nancy Fletcher
11. Thug In Me (aka What'z Ya Phone # pt. 2) [version I] feat. Jewell 
12. Don't Stop [version II] feat. Dogg Pound
13. Too Tight (skit) feat. Nancy Fletcher
14. Why U Turn On Me

Disc Two :
1. Road 2 Glory
2. Grab The Mic (Thru My Rear View pt. 1)
3. Secretz Of War [version II] feat. Outlawz
4. Wherever You Are feat. Big Daddy Kane
5. Ghetto Star feat. Nutt-So
6. World Wide Mob Figgaz feat. Big Syke, Kadafi & Edi
7. Tear Drops & Closed Caskets feat. Outlawz & Nate Dogg
8. This Life I Lead feat. Gonzoe, Dogg Pound & Nutt-So
9. Happy Home feat. Michel'le
10. Breathin' [version I + freestyle]
11. Unconditional Love [original] feat. Eboni Foster
12. They Don't Give A Fuck About Us feat. Outlawz
13. Bad Boy Killers (Interlude)
14. Me & My Closest Road Dawg feat. Big Syke
15. Thugz Mansion [version I + freestyle]




Disc One :
01. Hit Em Up [version II] (Demo) feat. Hussein, Kadafi & Edi / Johnny J
  • 4/19/96. Finalised the 3rd of june and published as a b-side of How Do U Want It (12'') (1996, Death Row), and then in Greatest Hits (1998, Death Row). At the end of this demo, you can hear Storm starting the verse she kicked on the Part One of the song, in october 95.
02. Wordz 2 My First Born [version I] feat. Roniece & Dave Hollister (?) / DJ Quik
  • 3/8/96. This is the first solo version of the song known as "Things are changing" because of the chorus. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).
03. Troublesome '96 (Demo) / Johnny J
  • 4/8/96. Published in Greatest Hits (1998).
04. Made Niggaz (Demo) feat. Napoleon, Hussein, Edi, Kastro & Kadafi / Johnny J & 2Pac
  • 4/23/96. Published in Gang Related OST (1997).
05. When Thugz Cry [version I] feat. Nancy Fletcher / Johnny J
  • 2/1/96. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001). In this version, 2Pac addresses some words (positive) to Nas at the end. In The 3 Day Theory's version, these words are not presents. 2Pac was then dissing him on some tracks.
06. Never Had A Friend Like Me (Demo) /Johnny J
  • 2/4/96. Published in Gridlock'd OST (1997).
07. Never Call U Bitch Again [version I] / Johnny J
  • 2/26/96. Remixed in Better Dayz (2002).
08. Fuckin Wit' The Wrong Nigga / Hurt M Badd
  • 3/25/96. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).
09. Mama's Just A Little Girl / Johnny J
  • 2/26/96. Remixed in Better Dayz (2002). There is also a "Death Row Remix" with a famous sample and Danny Boy on the chorus.
10. Who Do You Believe In feat. Kadafi, Big Pimpin' Delemond & Nancy Fletcher / Johnny J
  • 1/22/96. Published in Better Dayz (2002).
11. Thug In Me (aka What'z Ya Phone # pt. 2) [version I] feat. Jewell / Johnny J
  • 3/11/96. There is a second version, or remix, of the song with K-Ci & Jojo that will be remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).
12. Don't Stop [version II] feat. Dogg Pound / LT Hutton
  • Released in Dogg Pound's 2002 (2001, Death Row). A first version has been recorded in 1995 with Nas instead of 2Pac. Maybe because of the feud between the Dogg Pound and Capone N Noreaga, Mobb Deep ("New York, New York" ; "L.A, L.A"), they dropped out the Nas verse and gave a space to 2Pac that had the same enemies (Mobb Deep).
13. Too Tight (Interlude) feat. Nancy Fletcher / Johnny J
  • Unknown recording date. 2Pac is recording a song for MC Hammer and screaming Makaveli. Maybe he is showing him how to rap it.
14. Why U Turn On Me / 2Pac
  • 2/15/96. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).


Disc Two :
01. Road 2 Glory (aka Wrote The Glory) / Johnny J
  • 3/14/96. This song takes back the instrumental of "This Ain't Livin'" for an anthem to Mike Tyson. 2Pac sung it live at the Mike Tyson Vs. Frank Bruno (the 16th of march) for the Tyson's entrance.
02. I Grab The Mic (Thru My Rear View pt. 1) / Johnny J
  •  1/12/96.
03. Secretz Of War [version II] feat. Hussein & Kadafi / Johnny J
  • Unknown date of recording. Remixed in Still I Rise (1999, Death Row). This version has whole new lyrics. The 3rd version adds a verse from Young Noble and remixed the music for One Nation. 
04. Wherever You Are feat. Big Daddy Kane / Johnny J
  • 3/7/96. In an interview, Big Daddy Kane explains that he recorded "Too Late" (and maybe this song too) around the days he went in Las Vegas for the fight of Mike Tyson (of the 16th of march). He then met 2Pac and MC Hammer. They invited him to come at Death Row and record with them.
05. Ghetto Star feat. Nutt-So (of Street Thugs) / Go Twice
  • 3/8/96. Published in Better Dayz (2002).
06. World Wide M.O.B. Figgaz feat. Big Syke, Kadafi & Edi / Johnny J
  • 4/24/96. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).
07. Tear Drops & Closed Caskets feat. Outlawz & Nate Dogg /Johnny J
  • 2/22/96. Remixed in Still I Rise (1999, Interscope).
08. This Life I Lead feat. Gonzoe (Kausion), Dogg Pound & Nutt-So (Street Thugs) / ?
  • 4/24/96. Remixed in Better Dayz (2002).
09. Happy Home feat. Michel'le / Johnny J
  • 4/2/96.
10. Breathin' [version I & freestyle] / Johnny J
  • Unknown recording date. Remixed in Until The End of Time (2001). Is this song supposed to feature Bizzy Bone ? the Outlawz ?
11. Unconditional Love [original] feat. Eboni Foster / Johnny J
  • Unknown recording date. This song has been written and shown to MC Hammer who made his own version for his album Too Tight. Published in Greatest Hits (1998).
12. They Don't Give A Fuck About Us feat. Edi, Kastro, Kadafi & Napoleon / Johnny J
  • 4/15/96. Released in Makaveli & Dillinger (1997) ; fairly remixed in Better Dayz (2002).
13. Bad Boy Killers (Interlude) feat. Danny Boy / Kurt Kobane & DeVante Swing

  • 5/3/96. Supposed to feature 2Pac, Outlawz & DeVante Swing. It would be the second song produced by DeVante Swing for 2Pac after "No More Pain".
14. Me & My Closest Road Dawg [version II] feat. Big Syke / Johnny J
  • 2/13/96. There is another version with 3 verses from 2Pac, that has been remixed in Until The End of Time (2001).
15. Thugz Mansion [version I, first take & freestyle] / ?
  • 2/2/96. The first version has been recorded for Me Against The World (1995).





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