1996 - Untouchable Nation (One Nation, The West Coast Part)








It is sometimes said that 2Pac was planning the One Nation project as a 2 or 3 parts album. It could have been East Side/West Side or a triptik called something like One Nation, Dogg Nation and Thug Nation.



But in One Nation, it is already east coast / west coast, isn't it ? The central tracks of One Nation were already east/west united (2Pac/Buckshot). In the other hand, we could answer that 2Pac and the Outlawz come from the New Jersey... so they are east and west at the same time... But we can also find west coast artists like Snoop, Kurupt and Numskull from the Luniz (in fact Kurupt is also from the East coast, Philadelphia...).



So do we really need another part of the project ? We could add the known tracks from One Nation (like "Thug Luv" and "Untouchables" appear on the various tracklists of One Nation as well as "Fright Night") and have only one bootleg. But many other tracks could also be included in One Nation : "Dumpin" sounds really the same. "Street Life" as well and it has been recorded around the same period. The same for "Fortune & Fame"... or maybe even "Toss it up"... and so on... until we have a second part of One Nation...

Anyway, the temptation to gather this west side collection was too great and the result looks really awesome, don't you think ?

Suge Knight, Tupac, MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg.


Tracklist :
1. Welcome 2 Death Row feat. Danny Boy & Jewell
2. Late Night [version II] feat. AMG & DJ Quik
3. Lil' Homies [version II] feat. Outlawz, Danny Boy & Val Young
4. Street Life [version II] feat. Prince Ital Joe, Snoop Dogg & Val Young
5. NY '87 (Now That's Dissin') [version II] feat. Dogg Pound & Deadly Threat
6. Fright Night (Whatcha Gonna Do) feat. Storm
7. Me & My Homies (Demo) feat. Nate Dogg & Nancy Fletcher
8. Um Dumpin' (Die) feat. Gonzoe, Kurupt, Scarlo & Nutt-So
9. Thug Luv [version I] feat. Bizzy Bone & Silk-E-Fyne
10. St. Ides Malt Liquor Commercial (skit) feat. Snoop Dogg
11. Don't Sleep feat. Lil' Big, Outlawz & Nutt-So
12. Untouchables feat. Bad Azz, Snoop Dogg & Outlawz
13. Trump Tight (by Big Syke, Kurupt & Kadafi)
14. Fortune & Fame feat. Kokane, Outlawz & Spice 1
15. Toss It Up [original] feat. Danny Boy, Aaron Hall, K-Ci & Jojo
16. Only Move 4 Tha Money feat. Daz Dillinger & Bad Azz
17. Time After Time (World Wide) feat. OFTB, Kurupt, Kadafi & Michel'le

2Pac with Bone Thugz-N-Harmony

DETAILED TRACKLIST

01. Welcome 2 Death Row feat. Danny Boy & Jewell / Kurt Kobane, Hurt-M-Badd & DJ Quik
  • 11/?/95. You can hear the classic introduction from Dr. Dre on Death Row, the same as in Chronic. But according to Kurt Kobane himself, it is not a Dr. Dre production, but it is the dream team instead ! Supposed to be the introduction of the unreleased album from Danny Boy, but it has not been used in 2010's edition of It's About Time.
02. Late Night [version II] feat. AMG & DJ Quik / DJ Quik
  • 11/13/95. Difficult to know if this version has been recorded before or after the one with the Outlawz and a second verse from 2Pac. But we can think that like many other records 2Pac first recorded solo - or here with the Outlawz - as soon as he got the music because he was quicker to write his lyrics, and he then re-recorded with the planned guests (same thing for "Better Dayz", "Me & My Closest Road Dog"...). The version with the Outlawz is also called the "Pre-Mix" version. In the other hand, we can think that they chose to record two versions : one for 2Pac's album, the other for DJ Quik's. But anyway, Donald Byrd's never accepted to clear the sample...
03. Lil' Homies [version II] feat. Kadafi, Napoleon, Edi & Kastro / Johnny J
  • 3/7/96. In this Outlawz version, 2Pac is only speaking and rapping on the chorus. He also recorded a solo version of this song and eventually mixed it with live instruments. Is it the first or the second version recorded ? As usual, maybe Pac recorded his own version before.
04. Street Life [version II] feat. Prince Ital Joe, Snoop Dogg & Val Young / Daz, LT Hutton & Soopafly
  • 6/11/96. The first version is a duet Prince Ital Joe & Daz.
05. NY '87 (Now That's Dissin') [version II] feat. Dogg Pound & Deadly Threat / Daz
  • 12/14/95. The Dogg Pound and Threat firstly recorded this track without 2Pac (released in 2012 Dogg Pound's leftover compilation Doggy Bag, WIDEawake) in  as a response to the attacks against the West Coast since the track "New-York, New-York" and the MTV Awards. 2Pac having same target, We can imagine that they decided to give him a verse when he went out of jail. The same thing happened to "Don't Stop" replacing Nas by Pac.
06. Fright Night (Whatcha Gonna Do) feat. Storm / Johnny J
  • 6/12/96. Remixed in Better Dayz (2002). The music has been re-used a few days later for the One Nation's song "How Many Shots Will It Takes".
07. Me & My Homies (Demo) feat. Nate Dogg & Nancy Fletcher [chorus] / Soopafly
  • 2/29/96. Recorded for the first Nate Dogg's album : Ghetto Preacher (1997).
08. Um Dumpin' (Die) feat. Gonzoe (Kausion), Kurupt, Scarlo & Nutt-So (Street Thugs) / Daz
  • ~4/24/96 (like "This Life I Lead" also with Gonzoe).Remixed on Makaveli & Dillinger (1997). In an interview, Gonzoe said that he also recorded a version of "Immortal". 
09. Thug Luv [version I] feat. Bizzy Bone & Silk-E-Fyne / DJ U-Neek (?)
  • ~5/?/96 (This was recorded a few times before One Nation project started). Released in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's The Lost Archives vol. 1 (2013, Harmony Howse). There are three versions of the song. The first one features Bizzy Bone and a short verse from Silk E Fyne, the second with Bizzy Bone & Layzie Bone instead of Sylk E-Fyne and the 3rd with the same verses from Bizzy and Layzie and verses from the other Bones. The second version is maybe just an intermediate version. The third version has been remixed for the Bone's album The Art of War (1997, Ruthless)
10. St. Ides Malt Liquor Commercial (skit) [radio long version] feat. Snoop Dogg / DJ Pooh & E-Swift
  • Commercial for a well known malt liquor. 2Pac had already done one in 93. There are two versions of this commercial : a long radio version (50'') and a short video one (40'').
11. Don't Sleep feat. Lil' Big (A.M.W.), Napoleon, Kadafi, Kastro & Nutt-So (Street Thugs) / Daz & Chicago Craig
  • Probably recorded in end april or may 1996, at the same period than the other tracks that invite Gonzoe and Scarlo. There is a common remix made by GO Twice, without Lil'Big.
12. The Untouchables feat. Bad Azz (LBC Crew), Snoop Dogg, Edi & Kadafi / LT Hutton
  • 5/31/96. Supposed to be in One Nation.
13. Trump Tight (by Big Syke, Kurupt & Kadafi) / Kurupt
  • Unknown recording date. Kadafi says "Young Thugs", "Outlaw Immortalz" and "Thug Life" at the end but it could be a later track. The music of this track will be re-used for "Coast II Coast/Thug Nigga" from One Nation.
14. Fortune & Fame feat. Kokane, Kadafi, Edi & Spice 1 / Hurt M Badd
  • 6/12/96. Remixed in Better Dayz (2002).
15. Toss It Up [original] feat. Danny Boy, Aaron Hall, K-Ci & Jojo / Dr. Dre (?)
  • 6/7/96. This first version of the song with only the first 2Pac verse has been recorded before Dr. Dre left Death Row. Does Dr. Dre produced it and then kept the rights on it for the song of Blackstreet "No Diggity", published in september 96 ? That could be why Pac remixed this song and added a diss verse against him.
16. Only Move 4 Tha Money feat. Daz Dillinger & Bad Azz [chorus] / Daz
  • Included in some versions of Makaveli & Dillinger (1999, DPG). But is it a real OG version ? It sounds like a remix of an original that would be called "Muthafucker Not Knowin'".
17. Time After Time (World Wide) feat. OFTB, Kurupt, Kadafi & Michel'le [chorus] / Derrell (OFTB)
  •  3/31/96. Released in OFTB's The Missing D.R. Files (2007, WIDEawake).


Bonus tracks :
Are You Still Down pt. 2 (Demo) feat. Jon B / Dj Smooth G
  • 4/15/96. Remixed in Jon B's album "Cool Relax" (1997, Yab Yum) with music of "Tongue Kissing" (song recorded the same day) produced by Johnny J. This demo version has been recorded over the music of Luniz' "I Got 5 on It".
Rock On (Big Bad Lady) [original] (by Lady of Rage) feat. 2Pac (chorus) /Daz
  • 4/30/96. Remixed in Lady of Rage's album "Necessary Roughness" (1997, Death Row).



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