2Pac featuring Nas and J. Phoenix – Thugz Mansion


Better Dayz is the eighth studio album and fourth posthumous album by the late American rapper 2Pac, and is his last to be a double-album.

It was released on November 26, 2002, debuting at number five on the US Billboard 200. This album is the second of two albums (the first being Until the End of Time) that consists of a collection of previously unreleased material by way of remixed songs from Tupac’s “Makaveli” period while signed to Death Row Records, and was produced by Johnny “J”Jazze Pha, Frank Nitty, and E.D.I. Mean of Outlawz. It includes “Military Minds” which features Boot Camp Clik members Buckshot and Smif-n-Wessun (credited as Cocoa Brovaz) which was supposed to be part of a collaborative album between Shakur and BCC titled One Nation but was never officially released due to Shakur’s death. Better Dayz has no censored references to Death Row Records unlike the previous album, Until the End of Time. The only track on the album pre-Death Row era is “My Block (Remix)”, which was recorded in 1994–1995 during Shakur’s time with Interscope Records, and which the original version was released prior on the 1995 soundtrack album The Show. The songs ‘’Late Night’’ and “Who Do You Believe In” were also released previously on Death Row’s 1999 compilation Chronic 2000. “Late Night” is currently unavailable on all digital versions of the album for an unknown reason.

The album features appearances by OutlawzRon IsleyNasMýaJazze Pha and Tyrese, among others. The hit single, “Thugz Mansion,” comes in two versions: an acoustic version featuring Nas and J. Phoenix, on which the music video is based, and a hip hop version featuring Anthony Hamilton.