Thug Life
Thug Life
L-R: Big Syke, Mopreme, 2Pac, Macadoshis, The Rated R


Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Hip hop

Years active




Associated acts

Nate Dogg, Outlawz, DJ King Assassin, Dee The Mad Bitch

Past members

Thug Life was an American hip hop group formed in 1993 by Tupac Shakur. The group released one album, Thug Life: Volume 1, before disbanding. The album was heavily edited and some tracks were completely removed from the final version.

Big Syke, Mopreme Shakur, and Tupac later became members of the Outlawz.

History Edit

Makaveli, Randy "Stretch" Walker, and Princess Mel formed Thug Life in 1993 with Tyruss "Little Psycho" Himes. They recorded a song also titled, "Thug Life". Soon Little Psycho joined the group, under the name Syke. Later Macadoshis and The Rated R joined the group. They signed with Interscope Records and recorded an LP titled Thug Life Volume 1. Tupac’s stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur, later joined the group.

Thug Life: Volume 1 Edit

On September 26, 1994, Thug Life: Volume 1 was released.

The first single and video was "Pour Out a Little Liquor" which was a Tupac solo song.

Tupac performed "Out on Bail" at the 1994 Source Awards. The album was originally released on Shakur's label Out Da Gutta. Tupac's mother's label, Amaru Entertainment, has since gained the rights to the album.

The track "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" appeared on 2Pac's 1998 Greatest Hits album.

Thug Life: Volume 1 sold about 600,000 copies as of 2011.

Stretch's death Edit

On November 30, 1995, Stretch died after being shot four times in the back by three men who pulled up alongside his minivan in Queens Village. Stretch was killed exactly one year after 2Pac's 1994 Quad Studio shooting.

Original members Edit

  • 2Pac (a.k.a. Makaveli) (d. 1996)
  • Stretch (a.k.a. Big Stretch) (d. 1995)
  • Big Syke (a.k.a. Mussolini or Little Psycho) (d. 2016)
  • Mopreme (a.k.a. Mocedes, The Wycked, Komani or Mo' Khomani)
  • Macadoshis (a.k.a. The Original Mac 10)
  • The Rated R (a.k.a. Super Star)


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