On this day in music history: March 14, 1995 -…

On this day in music history: March 14, 1995 – “Me Against The World”, the third album by 2Pac is released. Produced by Easy Mo Bee, Sam Bostic, D-Flizno Production Squad, Brian G, Shock G, Johnny “J”,  Mike Mosley,  Tony Pizarro,  Soulshock & Karlin,  Le-morrious “Funky Drummer” Tyler and Moe Z.M.D., it is recorded at Enterprise Studios in Burbank, CA, Soundcastle Studios in Hollywood, CA, Pure Studios in San Diego, CA, Unique Recording Studios, Quad Recording Studios in New York City, Mobboss Studios in Oakland, CA, Westlake Audio and Echo Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1993 – Mid 1994. Coming off the success of his first Platinum selling album “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.”, various incidents in the prolific rapper and actor’s personal life during 1993 and 1994 threaten to upend his career, but does not slow down his creativity. The tone of the material 2pac’s third release is more personal and introspective than the previous two, dealing with his struggles growing up and the ones he faces during its creation. The album is led by the single “Dear Mama” (#1 Rap, #3 R&B, #9 Pop), written for and dedicated to Tupac’s mother, former Black Panther and political activist Afeni Shakur. The single becomes 2Pac’s biggest hit to date, and in 2010 is selected for preservation by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, becoming only the third hip hop single to receive that honor. It also spins off two other singles including “So Many Tears” (#6 Rap, #21 R&B, #44 Pop) and “Temptations” (#13 Rap, #35 R&B, #68 Pop). The album enters the R&B and pop album charts at number one while Tupac is serving time in prison, making him the first artist to ever have a chart topping album while incarcerated. The album is regarded by many as one of 2Pac’s best and most personal works. “Me Against The World” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart and Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.