Thug Life

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An interesting sidenote is that the Notorious B.I.G. was originally supposed to be a part of the group but was removed by record executives. The group released their first and only album, Volume 1, on Interscope in September 1994. After Shakur's incarceration in December 1994 and subsequent joining Death Row Records, the group eventually went their separate ways.

2Pac's work being rejected, formation, and blackballing of Thug Life

Formed in the Fall of 1993 "Thug Life" is a backronym for: "The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody". "Thug Life" was also a phrase to describe their attitude and view about life in poverty. Sort of a "state of mind" that a person gains living in poor, violent communities where criminals are often immortalized.

Consisting of Shakur, Rated R, Macadoshis, Mopreme, Big Syke, and with production and appearances by Stretch the album was originally supposed to be titled Thug Life: Out On Bail.

The album was advertised on the liner notes of the 2Pac - Papaz Song single. The single included the first song by Thug Life titled Cradle 2 Tha Grave. The version that appeared on Papaz Song was not accepted by interscope as a single and forced Thug Life to submit a remix. The remix was later on used for the LP and the video. The title song Out on Bail was rejected and the title was changed to the generic sounding Thug Life: Volume 1. The Notorius BIG appeared on the track called Runnin From The Police, which was supposed to be track 5 of the album. It was on the Thug Life: Volume 1 demo tape that was given to Interscope to chop, edit, and butcher. The track was replaced with Stay True. The group eventually released their debut album, "Thug Life Volume 1...