On this day (November 5th) in 1996, Death Row Records released released The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Tupac Shakur's 5th studio album. This was Pac's first album released after the rap icon's untimely death nearly two months prior. This also was Pac's one and only album to be released under the moniker "Makaveli". The name change was in reverence to the great prince Niccolo Machiavelli, who Pac studied while he was incarcerated in 1995. The release of The 7 Day Theory and the name change combined with many conspiracy theories led many people to believe Shakur had faked his death; something that many people believe even to this day, though, it was never proven.
So in honor of #ThrowbackThursday we're going to take you back to one of the lead singles from 7 Day Theory and one of the last music videos Shakur appeared in before he passed away in September of 1996, "Toss It Up". The music video features K-Ci & JoJo, Danny Boy, Aaron Hall and a then relatively unknown model/actress by the name of LisaRaye.
Just for kicks and giggles, here's an alternate Hype Williams directed version of "Toss It Up". The giggles come If you stick around to the end to hear Pac taking shots at Puff Daddy and Teddy Riley. No one talked greasy on a record better than Tupac Shakur!
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory went on to sell more than five million albums worldwide. Though it was the first album released after Tupac Shakur's death, it would not be his last album. There were five more solo albums released posthumously, not including an Outlawz albums and A Rose That Grew From Concrete, an audio version of Shakur's poetry performed by other entertainers and poets. Nearly 20 years later The 7 Day Theory is still one of Shakur's most popular albums.
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