All Eyez on Me

All Eyez on Me
All Eyez On Me
Studio album by 2Pac
Released February 13, 1996
Recorded October 13, 1995 - October 27, 1995
Genre West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta rap, G-funk
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, 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. "I Ain't Mad at Cha"
    Released: September 15, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
NME (9/10) link
Q 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars 1996
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars 2004
The Source 5/5 stars[1]
Spin (7/10) link
USA Today 3/4 stars link
XXL 5/5 stars (XXL)[2]

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

The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music.[3] It has been said that "despite some undeniable filler, it is easily the best production 2Pac's ever had on record".[4] It was certified 5× Platinum after just 2 months in April 1996 and 9× platinum in 1998. The album featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles "How Do U Want It" and "California Love". It featured 5 singles in all, the most of any 2Pac 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(the first hip-hop double album was the Down South Hustlers compilation released in 1995 on No Limit/Priority Records [5] , it was issued on two compact discs and a record four vinyl discs.

Chartwise, 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.[6] It sold 566,000 copies on the first week of it's release, and was charted at number 89 on the top 100 with the top one-week Soundscan sales since 1991. The album won the 1997 Soul Train R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Award.[7] [8] Shakur also won the Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the 24th Annual American Music Awards. [9]

Contents

Recording

All Eyez On Me was released after Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records, bailed 2Pac out of jail in exchange for signing to Death Row, fulfilling part of 2Pac'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. The hit single "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" is a collaboration with Snoop Dogg.

The album features occasional guest spots from 2Pac's regulars, such as former-Thug Life members and the Outlawz, as well as Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Method Man, Redman, and other guests. 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.

Along with his Greatest Hits album, All Eyez On Me is 2Pac's best selling album. The album was certified 5x Platinum in the United States after just 2 months and was later certified 9x platinum.[10] 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

All Eyez on Me received critical acclaim from music critics.

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p. 74) – Included in Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the 90's.

Spin (5/96, p. 106) – 7 (out of 10) – "As long as you don't expect philanthropy from him, you'll find honesty and some pleasurably twisted scenarios."

Entertainment Weekly (12/27/96-1/3/97, p. 146) – Ranked #3 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 10 Albums And Singles Of 1996.

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) – 7 (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."

Track listing

All lyrics by Tupac, music compositions listed below.

Book 1

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Ambitionz az a Ridah"   Daz Dillinger 4:39
2. "All Bout U" (featuring Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi, Nate Dogg & Snoop Doggy Dogg) Johnny "J" & 2Pac 4:37
3. "Skandalouz" (featuring Nate Dogg) Daz Dillinger 4:09
4. "Got My Mind Made Up" (featuring Tha Dogg Pound & Method Man & Redman) Daz Dillinger 5:13
5. "How Do U Want It?" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo) Johnny "J" 4:47
6. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) Daz Dillinger 4:07
7. "No More Pain"   DeVanté Swing, Timbaland* 6:14
8. "Heartz of Men"   DJ Quik 4:43
9. "Life Goes On"   Johnny "J" 5:02
10. "Only God Can Judge Me" (featuring Rappin' 4-Tay) Doug Rasheed and Harold Scrap Fretty for The Bullets Production Team 4:57
11. "Tradin' War Stories" (featuring C-Bo, Dramacydal & Storm) Mike Mosley & Rick Rock 5:29
12. "California Love (Remix)" (featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman) Larry "Laylaw" Goodman 6:25
13. "I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy) Daz Dillinger 4:53
14. "What'z Ya Phone #" (featuring Danny Boy) Johnny "J" & 2Pac 5:10

Book 2

The 1996 UK release includes the original version of "California Love" as track 14 on disc 2[citation needed].

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Can't C Me" (featuring George Clinton) Dr. Dre 5:30
2. "Shorty Wanna Be a Thug"   Johnny "J" 3:51
3. "Holla At Me" (featuring Nanci Fletcher) Bobby Ervin & DJ Naya 4:56
4. "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch"   Johnny "J" & 2Pac 4:19
5. "When We Ride" (featuring Outlaw Immortalz) DJ Pooh 5:09
6. "Thug Passion" (featuring Dramacydal, Jewell & Storm) Johnny "J" & 2Pac 5:08
7. "Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring Big Syke, CPO & Danny Boy) Johnny "J" 5:15
8. "Check Out Time" (featuring Big Syke, Kurupt & Natasha Walker) Johnny "J" 4:39
9. "Ratha Be Ya Nigga" (featuring Richie Rich) Doug Rasheed 4:14
10. "All Eyez on Me" (featuring Big Syke) Johnny "J" 5:08
11. "Run tha Streetz" (featuring Michel'le, Napoleon & Storm) Johnny "J" & 2Pac 5:17
12. "Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring C-Bo, E-40 & Richie Rich) Mike Mosley & Rick Rock 4:29
13. "Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring Danny Boy) QD3 3:58

Unused tracks

  • All About U (Solo 'Pac version with 3 'Pac verses) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Don't Go To Sleep (Original version ft. The Outlawz) (Remixed on Pac's Life as "Sleep") (Produced by Dat Niggaz Daz)
  • When I Get Free (Remixed on Until The End Of Time) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Come With Me (Interlude) (Possibly produced by Dat Nigga Daz)
  • Secretz of War (Original, ft. The Outlawz, remixed on Still I Rise) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Still I Rise (Original, ft. The Outlawz, remixed on Still I Rise) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Better Dayz (Original ft. Big Syke, OFTB & Solo Version, Solo version released on Better Dayz) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • The Struggle Continues (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Give Me Love
  • There U Go, remixed on Better Dayz
  • M.O.B. (Original) (Produced by Kurt Couthan), remixed on Until The End Of Time
  • Komradz (ft. The Outlawz) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Smile (Original)
  • Hit 'Em Up (Demo, ft The Outlawz, Storm and Prince Ital Joe) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Where U Been
  • Fair Xchange remixed twice on Better Dayz (Produced by Johnny J)
  • Late Night (Original, ft. AMG, DJ Quik, and Outlawz Version ft. Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi & extra 2Pac verse, the latter was released on Better Dayz) (Produced by DJ Quik)
  • What's Next?, remixed on Pac's Life (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • U Can't Fade Me
  • Penitentiary Bound (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Don't Stop the Music, remixed on Pac's Life as "Don't Stop" (Produced by Johnny "J"
  • Letter to My Unborn (Remixed on Until the End of Time) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • 6 Or 12
  • Fuck em All (ft. The Outlawz, Remixed on Better Dayz) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Ambitions As a Fighta (Let's Get Ready to Rumble)
  • Still Ballin' (Remixed on Better Dayz) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • Initiated (remixed on Daz Dillinger album Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back) (Produced by Dat Nigga Daz)
  • U Can Call (Produced by Johnny "J"), remixed on Better Dayz
  • Outlaw Immortal (ft. The Outlawz) (Produced by Sam Sneed)
  • Without Ya Homeboyz (ft. The Outlawz, Remixed on Still I Rise)
  • Playa Cardz Right (ft. Big Syke, E.D.I. Mean, Kadafi, Michel'le & Mopreme, remixed on Pac's Life) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • If They Love Their Kids (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • He vs. She (aka 4 My Niggaz) (Feat. Storm) (Produced by Johnny "J")
  • All Eyez on Me Demo/Snippets/Intro

Personnel

Information taken from Allmusic and CD booklet.[11][12]

Album chart positions

Chart Peak positions
Australian Albums Chart[13] 19
Belgium Charts (Flanders)[14] 44
Belgium Charts (Wallonia)[15] 34
Deutsch Albums Chart[16] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 11
French Albums Chart[18] 99
Irish Albums Chart[19] 61
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[21] 34
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 5
Switzerland Albums Chart[23] 15
UK Albums Chart[24][25] 32
U.S. Billboard 200[26] 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[26] 1
Singles
Year Single Peak positions[27]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks U.S. Hot Rap Singles U.S. Rhythmic Top 40 U.S. Top 40 Mainstream
1996 "California Love (Remix)" 1 1 2 34
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
"How Do U Want It" 1 1 23
"All Bout U"
"I Ain't Mad at Cha"

End of decade charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[28] 97

Chart precession and succession

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

Accolades

  • The information regarding accolades is adapted from Acclaimedmusic.net,[29]except for lists that are sourced otherwise.
  • (*) signifies unordered lists
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 7
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[30] 2008 80
Best Rap Albums of 1996[31] 1
Entertainment Weekly The 100 Best Albums from 1983 to 2008 87
Tom Moon 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die *
Ego Trip Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98 1999 14
Rolling Stone The Essential Recordings of the 90s *

See also

Notes

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  2. ^ XXL (2007). "Retrospective: XXL Albums". XXL Magazine, December 2007 issue. 
  3. ^ XXLMagazine October 2004, Page 104
  4. ^ All Eyez on Me AMG review
  5. ^ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_South_Hustlers:_Bouncin%27_and_Swingin%27
  6. ^ http://allmusic.com/album/all-eyez-on-me-r231489/charts-awards
  7. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/maxwell_tupac_top_soul_train_awards/34166
  8. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Train_Music_Award_for_Best_R%26B/Soul_Album_of_the_Year
  9. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Music_Awards_of_1997#Rap.2FHip-Hop_Category
  10. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for All Eyez On Me
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  15. ^ "www.ultratop.be - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". www.ultratop.be. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showitem.asp?interpret=2+Pac&titel=All+Eyez+On+Me&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ "musicline.de - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". musicline.de. http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/title/2+PAC/All+Eyez+On+Me/longplay. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". dutchcharts.nl. http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=2+Pac&titel=All+Eyez+On+Me&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  18. ^ "lescharts.com - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". LesCharts.com. http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=2+Pac&titel=All+Eyez+On+Me&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  19. ^ "www.chart-track.co.uk - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". www.chart-track.co.uk. http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fmusicvideo%2Fmusic%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=240002&arch=t&lyr=2003&year=2003&week=16. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  20. ^ "charts.org.nz - 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me". charts.org.nz. http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=2+Pac&titel=All+Eyez+On+Me&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
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