All Eyez on Me

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All Eyez on Me
Studio album by 2Pac
Released February 13, 1996
Recorded October 13–27, 1995
Genre G-funk, gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Length 132:18
Label Death Row, Interscope
Producer Suge Knight (exec.)
DJ Quik, Dat Nigga Daz, DeVanté, DJ Pooh, Dr. Dre, Lawlay, Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, Johnny "J", Mike Mosley, Doug Rasheed, Rick Rock, QD3, 2Pac
2Pac chronology
Me Against the World
(1995)
All Eyez on Me
(1996)
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
(1996)
Singles from All Eyez on Me
  1. "California Love"
    Released: December 28, 1995
  2. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
    Released: May 7, 1996
  3. "How Do U Want It"
    Released: June 4, 1996
  4. "All Bout U"
    Released: August 13, 1996
  5. "Life Goes On"
    Released: September 11, 1996
  6. "I Ain't Mad at Cha"
    Released: September 15, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
NME 9/10[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone (1996) 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone (2004) 5/5 stars[6]
The Source 5/5 stars[7]
Spin 7/10[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]
XXL 5/5 stars[10]

All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released February 13, 1996 under Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records.

The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music.[11] AMG stated that "despite some undeniable filler, it is easily the best production 2Pac's ever had on record".[12] It was certified 5× Platinum after just two months in April 1996, it was later certified 9x Platinum in 1998. The album featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles "How Do U Want It" and "California Love". It featured five singles in all, the most of any of Shakur's album. Moreover, All Eyez on Me (which was the only Death Row release to be distributed through PolyGram by way of Island Records) made history as the first double-full-length hip-hop solo studio album released for mass consumption. It was issued on two compact discs and four LPs. Chart-wise, All Eyez on Me was the second album from 2Pac to hit number-one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[13] It sold 566,000 copies in the first week of its release, and was charted on the top 100 with the top one-week SoundScan sales since 1991. It has sold 5,887,630 copies in the US as of 2011.[14]

The album won the 1997 Soul Train R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Award.[15][16] Shakur also won the Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the 24th Annual American Music Awards and is also commonly referred to as one of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of all time.[17]

Recording[edit]

In October 1995, Suge Knight and Jimmy Iovine ponied up the $1.4 million bail necessary in order to get Shakur released from jail on charges of sexual abuse. At the time, Shakur was broke and thus unable to make bail himself. All Eyez on Me was released following an agreement between Knight and Shakur which stated Shakur would make three albums under Death Row Records in return for them paying his bail. Fulfilling part of Shakur's brand new contract, this double-album served as the first two albums of his three album contract.[citation needed]

The songs on All Eyez on Me are, in general, unapologetic celebrations of living the "Thug Lifestyle". Though there is the occasional reminiscence about past and present friends, it is a definite move away from the social and political consciousness of 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..

The album features occasional guest spots from 2Pac's regulars, such as former-Thug Life members and the Outlawz, as well as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, George Clinton, Rappin' 4-Tay, Method Man, and Redman among others. The song "Heartz of Men" samples a portion of Richard Pryor's comedy album "That Nigger's Crazy". Most of the album was produced by Johnny "J" and Daz Dillinger, with help from Dr. Dre on the songs "California Love", which he himself appeared in also as an album guest spot, and "Can't C Me", which was Clinton's appearance.

All Eyez On Me is 2Pac's best selling album.[14] The album was certified 5x Platinum in the United States after just 2 months and was later certified 9x Platinum.[18] It was re-released in 2001 as enhanced CDs containing the "California Love" music video. Both discs contained the same data track. It was also re-released as a Dual-Disc in 2005.

Reception[edit]

All Eyez on Me received critical acclaim from a number of sources. The album was included in Rolling Stone's essential recordings of the '90s.[19] Spin magazine gave it a 10 out of 10, writing that, "As long as you don't expect philanthropy from Tupac, you'll find honesty and some pleasurably twisted scenarios."[20] The record ranked No. 3 on Entertainment Weekly's list of Top 10 albums of 1996.[21] A number of other sources celebrated or reacted to the album.[22]

Track listing[edit]

disc 1: Book 1
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ambitionz Az a Ridah"   Dat Nigga Daz backgrounds 4:39
2. "All Bout U" (featuring Dru Down, Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg) 4:37
3. "Skandalouz" (featuring Nate Dogg)
  • Shakur
  • Arnaud
Daz 4:09
4. "Got My Mind Made Up" (featuring Tha Dogg Pound, Redman and Method Man)
Daz 5:13
5. "How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo)
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
Johnny "J" 4:47
6. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
Daz 4:07
7. "No More Pain"   DeVanté 4HISDAMNSELF ENT. 6:14
8. "Heartz of Men"   Blake 4:43
9. "Life Goes On" (featuring Stacey Smallie)
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
Johnny "J" 5:02
10. "Only God Can Judge Me" (featuring Rappin' 4-Tay)
  • Shakur
  • Doug Rasheed
  • Rasheed
  • Harold Scrap Freddie
4:57
11. "Tradin' War Stories" (featuring C-Bo, Outlawz and Storm, Back vocals by C.P.O.)
  • Shakur
  • Mike Mosley
5:29
12. "California Love (Remix)" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) Dr. Dre 6:25
13. "I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy)
  • Shakur
  • Arnaud
Daz 4:53
14. "What'z Ya Phone #" (featuring Danny Boy)
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
  • Johnny "J"
  • 2PAC
5:10
disc 2: Book 2
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Can't C Me" (featuring George Clinton, Dr. Dre, Nanci Fletcher)
  • Shakur
  • Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre 5:30
2. "Shorty Wanna Be a Thug"  
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
Johnny "J" 3:51
3. "Holla at Me"  
Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin 4:56
4. "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch"  
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
  • Johnny "J"
  • 2PAC
4:19
5. "When We Ride" (featuring Outlawz, Nanci Fletcher)
DJ Pooh 5:09
6. "Thug Passion" (featuring Outlawz, Jewell, and Storm)
  • Johnny "J"
  • 2PAC
5:08
7. "Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring C.P.O., Danny Boy and Mussolini)
Johnny "J" 5:15
8. "Check Out Time" (featuring Kurupt, Natasha Walker and Mussolini)
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
  • Himes
  • Brown
  • Johnny "J"
  • 2PAC
4:39
9. "Ratha Be Ya Nigga" (featuring Richie Rich, Ebony, Puff Johnson)
  • Shakur
  • Rasheed
Rasheed 4:14
10. "All Eyez On Me" (featuring Mussolini)
Johnny "J" 5:08
11. "Run tha Streetz" (featuring Michel'le, Mutah and Storm)
  • Shakur
  • Jackson
  • Johnny "J"
  • 2PAC
5:17
12. "Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring C-Bo, B-Legit, Richie Rich, D-Shot and E-40) Shakur
  • Mosley
  • Rock
4:29
13. "Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring Danny Boy)
QD3 3:58

Notes[edit]

  • "All About U" features additional vocals from Nate Dogg and Snoop Doggy Dogg and uncredited vocals from Dru Down.
  • "Life Goes On" features Stacey Smallie additional backgrounds Nanci Fletcher
  • "Tradin War Stories" features uncredited vocals from CPO.
  • "California Love (Rmx)" features background vocals from Barbara Wilson, Danette Williams and Dorothy Coleman.
  • "Can't C Me" features additional vocals from George Clinton and Nanci Fletcher.
  • "Check Out Time" features background vocals from Natasha Walker.
  • "Ratha Be Ya Nigga" features background vocals from Stacey Smallie.
  • "Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find" features background vocals from Danny Boy.
  • Track list, writing and production credits adapted from Allmusic and CD booklet.[23][24]
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits for All Eyez On Me adapted from Allmusic and CD booklet.[25][26]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[27] 19
Belgium Charts (Flanders)[28] 44
Belgium Charts (Wallonia)[29] 34
Dutch Albums Chart[30] 11
French Albums Chart[31] 99
German Albums Chart[32] 16
Irish Albums Chart[33] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[34] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[35] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[36] 5
Switzerland Albums Chart[37] 15
UK Albums Chart[38][39] 32
US Billboard 200[40] 1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[40] 1

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[41] 97
Preceded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 2, 1996 – March 15, 1996
Succeeded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[42] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

  • The information regarding accolades attributed to All Eyez On Me is adapted from Acclaimedmusic.net.[46]
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
FNAC France The 1000 Best Albums of All Time 2008 461
Rock & Folk The Best Albums from 1963 to 1999 1999 *
Babylon Greece The 50 Best Albums of the 1990s 48
Hip-Hop Connection United Kingdom The 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995-2005 2005 35
The New Nation Top 100 Albums by Black Artists 64
Q The Ultimate Music Collection *
90 Albums of the 90s 1999 *
About.com United States 100 Greatest Hip Hop Albums[47] 2008 80
Best Rap Albums of 1996[48] 1
Tom Moon 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die *
Ego Trip Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98 1999 8
Rolling Stone The Essential Recordings of the 90s *

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r231489
  2. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,291617,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=1631853
  4. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=1631853
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/all-eyez-on-me-19960404
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/tupac-shakur/albumguide
  7. ^ Kazeem (August 4, 2010). "The Complete List Of 5 Mic Hip-Hop Classics". The Source. Retrieved on December 23, 2010.
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=SXQ6nPE3H9wC&pg=PA106
  9. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/access/16358122.html?dids=16358122:16358122&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Feb+12%2C+1996&author=Edna+Gundersen&pub=USA+TODAY+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=2Pac+keeps+controversial+%60Eyez'+on+the+ball&pqatl=google
  10. ^ XXL (2007). "Retrospective: XXL Albums". XXL Magazine, December 2007 issue. 
  11. ^ XXLMagazine October 2004, Page 104
  12. ^ All Eyez on Me AMG review
  13. ^ "All Eyez on Me - 2Pac". AllMusic. February 13, 1996. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Tupac Month: 2Pac’s Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Maxwell, Tupac Top Soul Train Awards". E! Online. March 7, 1997. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. November 11, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "American Music Awards of 1997 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. January 27, 1997. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for All Eyez On Me". Riaa.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  19. '^ Rolling Stone (May 13, 1999, p. 74) – Included in Rolling Stones Essential Recordings of the 90's.
  20. ^ Spin (5/96, p. 106) – 10 (out of 10)
  21. '^ Entertainment Weekly (12/27/96-1/3/97, p. 146) – Ranked #3 on Entertainment Weeklys list of the Top 10 Albums And Singles Of 1996.
  22. ^ Q magazine (12/99, p. 90) – Included in Q magazine's 90 Best Albums Of The 1990s. Musician (6/96, p. 90) – "...gangsta rappers pretty much share the values of their Republican detractors: the emphasis on making money, the righteousness of bearing arms, the wonderfulness of consumption, respect for hierarchy and loyalty to one's own as overriding principles..." Rap Pages (5/96, p. 30) – 10 (out of 10) – "Backed by 'everything we push goes platinum' Death Row Records and a new crew of comrades...the lyrical Jesse James is back to expound on his lengthy dogmas within the infrastructure of his music....[T]his album conveys sudden gleams of brilliance and thick and chunky hits, radio-friendly or not." NME (3/2/96, p. 47) – 9 (out of 10) – "All Eyez is his angry, end-of-tether, couldn't-give-a-shit meditation....an immense spewing of indignation and provocation, set to a brilliantly varied range of G-funk grooves....Tupac blasts out his non-PC opinions...with a competition-eliminating relentlessness."
  23. ^ All Eyes On Me CD booklet.
  24. ^ All Eyez On Me track list adapted from AllMusic.
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  41. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
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  43. ^ "Canadian album certifications – 2 Pac – All Eyez on Me". Music Canada. 
  44. ^ "British album certifications – 2 Pac – All Eyez on Me". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter All Eyez on Me in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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External links[edit]

All Eyez On Me at AllMusic