Nineteen years ago, on March 27th 2001, Tupac’s seventh studio album, Until The End of Time, released to the world.
The album would be ‘Pac’s third posthumously release and went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Tupac’s vocals taken from 1995 and 1996 recordings are used on the album.
Proving Tupac’s work ethic and creativity, the two-disc release had a total of twenty-nine previously unheard tracks. Features on the record include K-Ci & JoJo, Thug Life member Big Syke and members of the Outlawz. Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, Suge Knight and Johnny J, were executive producers on the album.
The album’s lead single ‘Until the End of Time’ featured R.L Huggar, which also samples Mr. Mister’s 1985 hit song ‘Broken Wings’. “Another album out, that’s what I’m about more / Gettin’ raw till the day I see my casket / Buried as a G while the whole world remembers me / Until the end of time,” raps Tupac.
Another single off the album was “Letter 2 My Unborn”, which also had a music video showing various photos of Tupac and interview clips.
An interesting fact about Until the End of Time is the iconic front cover. It is an artistic version of a 1993 portrait done by photographer Danny Clinch. It is one of the most recognized portraits of ‘Pac, showing him shirtless with his tattoos on display.
On the day of the shoot, Tupac turned up with no entourage and a change of clothing ready and eager to work with Danny. Speaking on the photograph, Danny Clinch hadn’t imagined his work being on the cover for one of Hip Hop‘s most influential artists of all time.
“It was Rolling Stone magazine and I was thinking to myself, ‘oh man, if this guy ever blew up, I would this great photograph. What if this record is so well received that it could end up on the cover of the magazine,” said Danny Clinch.