Volume One

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October 14, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

You’ve got to hand it to Tupac Shakur. Even with his legal troubles, he and four of his crew have formed Thug Life — the words tattooed across his stomach — for a 10-song meditation about life under the gun. Where his solo releases have often dragged, One crackles with kinetic energy. ”Pour Out a Little Liquor” is smooth and reflective, while ”S— Don’t Stop” bubbles with P-Funk energy. With each rapper restricted to a verse or two, every word has maximum impact. One proves that more isn’t necessarily merrier, but it’s definitely more thrilling. A-

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