On this day in Hip-Hop history, Makaveli released The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
On this day in 1996, Death Row released the first posthumous album by Tupac Shakur, under the alias Makaveli, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. 2Pac used the moniker "Makaveli" as an ode to the fifteenth-century Italian philosopher and politician Niccolo Machiavelli. The set was originally intended to be a promo-only project and was released two months after 2Pac's death.
The album featured production from Darryl "Big D" Harper, QDIII, and Tommy "D" Daugherty. Notable guest artists featured on the album were K-Ci & JoJo, Aaron Hall, Young Noble, Danny Boy, Val Young, Yaki Kadafi, the Outlawz, Kastro, Prince Ital Joe, E.D.I. Mean, and Virginya Slim.
The album spawned a few hit singles: "To Live and Die in L.A.," "Toss It Up," which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Hail Mary," which reached #12 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Rap chart.
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory debuted at #1 on all the US charts. It sold over 600,000 copies its first week. It was certified 4x multi-platinum by 1999.
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1996 - Tela released his debut album Piece of Mind on Suave House.
2004 - Jay Z released his concert film Fade to Black on Paramount Classics.
2013 - Eminem released his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 on Interscope.