|All Eyez on Me|
|Studio album by 2Pac|
|Released||February 13, 1996|
|Recorded||October 13-27, 1995|
|Studio||Can-Am Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Singles from All Eyez on Me|
All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac (and the last to be released during his lifetime), released on February 13, 1996 by Death Row and Interscope Records. The album features 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 albums. Moreover, All Eyez on Me made history as the first double-full-length hip-hop solo studio album released for mass consumption globally.
All Eyez on Me was the second album by 2Pac to chart at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling 566,000 copies in the first week. The album won the 1997 Soul Train R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Award posthumously. Shakur also won the Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the 24th Annual American Music Awards. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA on July 23, 2014, eighteen years after Shakur's death, with shipments of over 5 million copies (each disc in the double album counted as a separate unit for certification).
Tupac Shakur died exactly seven months after the release of this album.
In October 1995, Suge Knight and Jimmy Iovine paid the $1.4 million bail necessary 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.
It's called All Eyez on Me. That's how I feel it is. I got the police watching me, the Feds. I got the females that want to charge me with false charges and sue me and all that. I got the females that like me. I got the jealous homeboys and I got the homies that roll with me. Everybody's looking to see what I'mma do now so All Eyez on Me.
All Eyez on Me was originally intended for a Christmas 1995 release but was pushed back as Shakur continued to record music and shoot music videos for the album.
The album features 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, and George Clinton, Rappin' 4-Tay, The Click, 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. DJ Quik also produced, mixed and made an appearance on the album, but had to use his real name on the credits because his contract with Profile Records prevented him from using his stage name.
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 songs on the album along with the name of the album itself, allude to the feeling of being watched. With songs like "Can't C Me" and "All Eyez on Me", 2Pac makes it known that he feels the presence of surveillance, most notably by the police. The album also references the fact that 2Pac is under the attention of many fans, being his fourth studio album.
The first single, "California Love" featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman was released, December 28, 1995. This is perhaps 2Pac's best-known song and his most successful, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks (as a double A-side single with "How Do U Want It") and 12 weeks at number one in New Zealand. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997. A remix version also produced by Dr. Dre appeared on the album. The song has since been certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, was released as the second single on, May 7, 1996. The video was directed by one of 2Pac's production partners, Gobi M. Rahimi and was filmed four months prior to the September 1996 shooting of 2Pac. The prelude for the song shows a parody of Biggie Smalls ("Piggie") and Puff Daddy ("Buff Daddy") in discussion with Shakur about the November 1994 shooting. The beginning of the scene where Tupac is speaking to Biggie is in reference to the movie Scarface where Tony speaks to his alleged killer before shooting him. The song peaked at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
The third single, "How Do U Want It" featuring R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, was released, June 4, 1996. It was a Double A-side single to "California Love" in America. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. There were three videos filmed for the song: two in the same set for the single in April 1996. The video was directed by Ron Hightower and produced by Tracy D. Robinson. These two are distinguished by MPAA rating (one is certified adult material). The video portrays a wild sex party with jacuzzi, mechanical bull riding, cage dancing and pole stripping. All actors and actresses are dressed in renaissance-age costumes, though all clothes are removed for the nude clip. The adult-material video also features numerous porn stars, including Nina Hartley, Heather Hunter, and Angel Kelly. The limousine segment seen in the clean version is the same except no nudity. The third one is the concert version, mostly them performing on stage. There are cameo appearances by K-Ci & JoJo, and fellow group member of Digital Underground Shock G both in the concert and studio segments.
"I Ain't Mad at Cha" featuring singer Danny Boy, was released shortly after Shakur's death as the final single from the album, on September 15, 1996. For the video the song was re-recorded with a live band. The new track was recorded at Can-Am Studios by Conley Abrams. The video was shot weeks before Shakur's death.
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
All Eyez on Me received widespread acclaim. Spin magazine gave it 7 out of 10 and said: "As long as you don't expect philanthropy from Tupac, you'll find honesty and some pleasurably twisted scenarios." The record ranked No. 3 on Entertainment Weeklys list of Top 10 albums of 1996.AllMusic stated, "Maybe it was his time in prison, or maybe it was simply his signing with Suge Knight's Death Row label. Whatever the case, 2Pac re-emerged hardened and hungry with All Eyez on Me, the first double-disc album of original material in hip-hop history. With all the controversy surrounding him, 2Pac seemingly wanted to throw down a monumental epic whose sheer scope would make it an achievement of itself. But more than that, it's also an unabashed embrace of the gangsta lifestyle, backing off the sober self-recognition of Me Against the World. Sure, there are a few reflective numbers and dead-homiez tributes, but they're much more romanticized this time around"."Despite some undeniable filler, it is easily the best production 2Pac's ever had on record". In the Los Angeles Times, Cheo Hodari Coker praised the album: "All Eyez on Me, a 27-song, 133-minute gangster's paradise, finds the rapper even more venomous than he was before his 11-month incarceration for sexual abuse. He displays no remorse for his tough life, and even less feeling for his enemies. The only thing jail time did for 2Pac was make his creative fires burn even hotter--he raps here with a passion and skill matched in gangsta rap only by Snoop Doggy Dogg and the Notorious B.I.G. And with such producers as DJ Pooh, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre and Johnny J laying down the tracks, he finally has a musical team worthy of his talent."
"It's like a Cali thug-life version of Pink Floyd's The Wall - pure gangsta ego run amok over two CDs," complained Rolling Stone. "At that length, the album's all-hard-all-the-time tone approaches caricature." Nonetheless, the album was included in the magazine's essential recordings of the 1990s.
|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||*|
|rap.About.com||United States||100 Greatest Hip Hop Albums||2008||80|
|Best Rap Albums of 1996||1|
|Tom Moon||1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die||*|
|Entertainment Weekly||The 100 Best Albums from 1983 to 2008||87|
|Ego Trip||Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98||1999||14|
|Rolling Stone||The Essential Recordings of the 90s||*|
|100 Best Albums of the Nineties||2010||50|
|Complex||The 90 Best Rap Albums of the '90s||2014||10|
All Eyez on Me debuted at number-one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It was the second album from 2Pac to do so, selling 566,000 copies in the first week.All Eyez on Me has shipped 10 million copies in the United States as of July 23, 2014, and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA, which makes it one of the best-selling albums in the US. In the UK, BPI certified the album Silver (300,000 copies sold) on January 1, 1997, followed by Gold on July 22, 2013, and Platinum on November 14, 2014. It has charted on Billboard 200 for 105 weeks in total.
All Eyez on Me is 2Pac's best selling album. 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.
|Disc 1: Book 1|
|1.||"Ambitionz Az a Ridah"||Daz Dillinger||4:39|
|2.||"All Bout U" (featuring Dru Down, Nate Dogg, Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi & Snoop Dogg)||4:37|
|3.||"Skandalouz" (featuring Nate Dogg)||Daz Dillinger||4:09|
|4.||"Got My Mind Made Up" (featuring Daz Dillinger, Method Man, Kurupt & Redman)||Daz Dillinger||5:13|
|5.||"How Do U Want It" (featuring K-Ci & JoJo)||Johnny "J"||4:48|
|6.||"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (featuring Snoop Dogg)||Daz Dillinger||4:07|
|7.||"No More Pain"||6:15|
|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)||4:57|
|11.||"Tradin' War Stories" (featuring Dramacydal, C-Bo & Storm)||5:29|
|12.||"California Love (Remix)" (featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman)||6:25|
|13.||"I Ain't Mad at Cha" (featuring Danny Boy)||Daz Dillinger||4:54|
|14.||"What'z Ya Phone #" (featuring Danny Boy)||5:10|
|Disc 2: Book 2|
|1.||"Can't C Me" (featuring George Clinton)||Dr. Dre||5:30|
|2.||"Shorty Wanna Be a Thug"||Johnny "J"||3:52|
|3.||"Holla at Me" (featuring Jewell)||Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin||4:55|
|4.||"Wonda Why They Call U Bytch"||4:18|
|5.||"When We Ride" (featuring The Outlawz)||5:10|
|6.||"Thug Passion" (featuring Dramacydal, Jewell & Storm)||5:08|
|7.||"Picture Me Rollin'" (featuring Syke, C.P.O. & Danny Boy)||Johnny "J"||5:15|
|8.||"Check Out Time" (featuring Syke & Kurupt)||4:39|
|9.||"Ratha Be Ya Nigga" (featuring Richie Rich)||Doug Rasheed||4:14|
|10.||"All Eyez on Me" (featuring Syke)||Johnny "J"||5:08|
|11.||"Run tha Streetz" (featuring Michel'Le, Mutah & Storm)||5:16|
|12.||"Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring E-40, B-Legit, D-Shot, C-Bo & Richie Rich)||4:29|
|13.||"Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find" (featuring Danny Boy)||QDIII||3:59|
|Original UK edition bonus track|
|14.||"California Love" (short radio edit; featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman)||Dr. Dre||4:42|
|Australian Albums Chart||19|
|Belgium Charts (Flanders)||44|
|Belgium Charts (Wallonia)||34|
|Dutch Albums Chart||11|
|French Albums Chart||15|
|German Albums Chart||16|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||15|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||14|
|Swedish Albums Chart||5|
|Switzerland Albums Chart||15|
|UK R&B Albums Charts||6|
|UK Albums Chart||32|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|Irish Albums Chart||62|
|UK Albums (Official Charts Company)||74|
|French Albums Chart||99|
|German Albums Chart||66|
|U.S. Billboard 200||97|
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||50,000*|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|Germany (BVMI)||2× Platinum||1,000,000^|
|Netherlands (NVPI)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||50,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||2× Platinum||30,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Diamond||5,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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