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*** TUPAC SHAKUR, "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory," Death Row. While there are moments of power and poignancy, this side project lacks the full ambition and range of Shakur's best work.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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