Back in 1996, the Outlawz and 2Pac recorded tons of classic music, some of which was released on ‘All Eyez On Me,’ ‘The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory’ album. With all these songs recorded and more, only 1 album was a full collective effort officially released in ‘Still I Rise.’ Released in 1999, the album reached platinum status and featured the hit single ‘Baby Don’t Cry.’
Fans have the opportunity to relive some of those classic material with ‘The Best Of 2Pac & Outlawz’ mixtape, hosted by DJ Rip. Released in 2008 the free tape consist of 30 tracks. The cover of the mixtape replicates the cover of the classic 2Pac and Outlawz ‘Still I Rise’ album. A cover which the photo was shot by Fabrice Henssens.
Outlawz member Young Noble via Instagram, told the story of how the photograph for the album cover came about, “Salute and thanks to @fabricehenssensphoto for being at the right place at the right time,” Young Noble wrote in the caption.
“We was ridin’ down Melrose Blvd one day and he just walked up and took two pics of us driving by. He submitted the two pictures to Interscope after ‘Pac passed and as soon as we seen them we said that the front cover!!”
Fabrice would agree with Noble. Right place, right time. Fabrice explained to Tupac Uncensored how it all came about, “The story behind this photo is matter of being at the right place at the right time. The day the images were captured, I was making photos of graffiti art around Melrose Ave,” he explained. (View: Full interview with Fabrice Henssens)
It was at this point Fabrice would capture Hip Hop greatness in a matter of seconds. “I saw Tupac and The Outlawz driving, so I immediately turned my focus on to them. The first photo I captured was of them driving away, which is actually the image on the back cover of the album. As you can see on that image the Outlawz weren’t too happy with me shooting photos of them, therefore flipping me the bird.”
Download ‘The Best Of 2Pac & Outlawz’ mixtape here.