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The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Studio album by Makaveli (2Pac)
Released November 5, 1996
Recorded August 1996
(Tarzana, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Hip hop
Label Death Row/Interscope Records
Producer Simon (exec.),
Darryl Harper, Hurt-M-Badd, Makaveli, Reggie Moore, Dametrius Ship, Kevin Lewis* Additional production by Tommy "D" Daugherty, Lance Pierre, and Justin Isham*
Entertainment Weekly (D) link
MVRemixReview (9/10) 
RapReviews (7.5/10) link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link
RS Album Guide link
Makaveli (2Pac) chronology
All Eyez on Me
(1996) The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
(1996) R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
Singles from The Don
1."Toss It Up"
2."To Live & Die in L.A."
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory is the fifth and final studio album by Tupac Shakur, under the new stage name Makaveli, finished before his death and the first studio album to be posthumously released. The album was completely finished in a total of seven days during the month of August 1996. The lyrics were written and recorded in only three days and mixing took an additional four days. These are among the very last songs he recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7, 1996.
Although The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released almost two months after his death, on November 5, 1996, it is not a true posthumous album in the way that the later 2Pac albums are since he completed the album before his death.
In 2005, MTV.com ranked The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory at #9 on their greatest hip hop album of all time list and, in 2006, recognized it as a classic. The emotion and anger showcased on the album has been admired by a large part of the hip-hop community, including other rappers. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Billboard 200.
2 Recording sessions
4 Track listing
6 Album chart positions
8 External links
 ConceptThe album’s sleeve contains the text, "Exit 2Pac, Enter Makaveli", referring to Shakur's alternate stage name.
There are frequent allusions to the number seven throughout the release. One example is the introduction to the track "Blasphemy", in which a distorted voice discusses the concept of the saviour returning, before concluding, ‘if the Lord doesn't return in the coming seven days, we’ll see you next time.’
Even the album cover, which features Shakur on the cross in an attempt to convey his crucifixion by the media, hints at a possible resurrection,[original research?] although it must be said that it was most likely intended to imply an artistic renaissance as opposed to a literal one.
On "Bomb First", which serves as the album’s introduction, seven shots are heard on the track. The first six are fired during Shakur’s speech and the seventh as he begins to rap the verse, therefore[original research?] literally marking the demise of 2Pac and the renaissance as Makaveli, which happens to be the first word following the shot.
While All Eyez on Me was considered by Shakur "A celebration of life", The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory is a much darker album. Makaveli's style of rapping is still emotional, but is intensified throughout this album. Some songs on the album contain both subtle and direct insults to Shakur's rivals at the height of the East Coast-West Coast feud. Rappers insulted by Shakur include The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Mobb Deep, Nas, De La Soul, Jay-Z & Dr. Dre. Although Shakur insulted rapper Nas on "Intro/Bomb First (My Second Reply)" and "Against All Odds", rapper Young Noble, who appeared on several songs on The 7 Day Theory, stated in an interview that the Nas song "I Gave You Power" served as a main inspiration for Shakur's "Me and My Girlfriend." Long time friend and producer Shock G recounted: and in the "Intro/Bomb First (My Second Reply)" the first 3 seconds Shakur states "Shoulda shot me".
“ In the studio, we were working. We talked about music, and he was so excited to play you his new shit, I'd try to tell what I liked about All Eyez on Me and he's like, "Yeah, yeah, I did that for Suge. Listen to this..." and he put Makaveli on. There was too much bad shit going on to be hashing that shit. You could see it in his eyes, he didn't want to talk about it no more, and you didn't even wanna bring it up. ”
 Recording sessionsOnly six months after the release of his successful double-opus, All Eyez on Me, Shakur began work on The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The album was written and recorded at the Can-Am Studios in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California over 3 days in the month of August 1996. During those three days 20 songs were completed, 12 of which made the final product. The album did not feature the star-studded guest list that All Eyez on Me did. Most of the guest verses are supplied by Shakur's group The Outlawz. The only verse that was not from one of the Outlawz was from Bad Azz. Young Noble of the Outlawz recalls:
“ We was supposed to be on that song, but we took too long with our verse. Bad Azz was up in there chilling with us. 'Pac used to like Bad Azz; he had a nice flow. And 'Pac threw Bad Azz up on there and I'm glad he did, 'cause Bad Azz did his thing on that muthafucka. That's one of those classic 'Pac songs, too. "Time goes by puffing on la got a nigga going crazy..." We had started writing the shit and we was taking long. 'Pac was like, "Who got something? Bad Azz you got something?" and it fit perfect, so it was meant for Bad Azz to be on that song. We had already been on a million 'Pac songs. That was his way of motivating us like, "If y'all ain't ready, then you don't make the song." That's why some songs you might hear one on there or you might hear two or you might hear three. 'Cause when the song got just about done, if niggas ain't have no verse, we were scratching that and going to the next song. 'Pac was surrounded by a lot of controversy, and a lot of people be thinking he that way, but that dude was really all about love, yo. He loved his family, he loved the kids and he loved black people to death. That dude was really all about love. That's why the streets love him. Through all that shit, through all the beefing... when I think about 'Pac I don't think about none of that shit, I think about love. This nigga had so much love in his heart it was ridiculous, and you hear that shit in his music. ”
 ProductionThe Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory has also gained praise for its production. Although many of Shakur's usual producers were not involved in the project, the producers still managed to come through for the project. The only producer Shakur had worked with prior to this album was QD3, the son of Quincy Jones and brother of Shakur's girlfriend Kidada Jones. Shakur also co-produces three tracks on the album. The other two producers were Hurt-M-Badd and Big D. E.D.I. Mean of the Outlawz recalls:
“ It was crazy at Death Row at the time. You had Snoop, Daz, and all of them on one side of the studio and you had us on the other side. At this point in the game there was a lot of bad tension going on. Niggas wasn't really feeling each other. So it was real cliquish. Like, I'm going to stay with my click, you stay with your click. I don't want you fucking with my producers.
At the time, we wasn't fucking with (principle All Eyez on Me producer) Johnny "J" no more. We was looking for a whole new sound. At the time Hurt-M-Badd, who was just an up-and-coming producer at Death Row, and Darryl Harper, who was an R&B producer - Suge had him working on all the R&B projects - they had a green room up in Can-Am (Studios) which everybody around Death Row called the "wack room" because they said "Ain't nothing but wack shit come out of there." But we was up in the studio one day and we trying to get music done - ain't none of us producers - we see them two niggas in the "Wack room" and 'Pac like, "Go get them niggas." So niggas go bring them, 'Pac just putting niggas to work like, "I need a beat here, I need y'all to do this, do that." And these are niggas that nobody at Death Row was fucking with. They'll tell you themselves.