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All Eyez on Me

Studio album by 2Pac

Released – February 13, 1996
Recorded – October 13–27, 1995
Genre – 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

“California Love”
Released: December 28, 1995

“2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”
Released: May 7, 1996

“How Do U Want It”
Released: June 4, 1996

“All Bout U”
Released: August 13, 1996

“Life Goes On”
Released: September 11, 1996

“I Ain’t Mad at Cha”
Released: September 15, 1996

Professional ratings
Review scores

SourceRating
Allmusic link
Entertainment WeeklyB+ link
NME(9/10) link
Q link
Rapreviews [1]
Rolling Stone 1996
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2004
The Source[1]
Spin(7/10) link
USA Today link
XXL (XXL)[2]

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

The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music.[3] AMG stated 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, it was later certified 9x multi 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. It was issued on two compact discs and four LPs. 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.[5] 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.[6] Because it is a double disc the RIAA counts each unit sold as two albums.

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 and is also commonly referred to as one of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of the 1990s.[9]

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 and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.. 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 Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, George Clinton, Rappin’ 4-Tay, 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.

All Eyez On Me is 2Pac’s best selling album.[10] The album was certified 5x Platinum in the United States after just 2 months and was later certified 9x platinum.[11] 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 (May 13, 1999, p. 74) – Included in Rolling Stone’s Essential Recordings of the 90’s.

Spin (5/96, p. 106) – 10 (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) – 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.”

Track listing
disc 1: Book 1

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length

1.”Ambitionz Az a Ridah”  
Tupac Shakur Delmar Arnaud
Dat Nigga Daz backgrounds4:39
2.”All Bout U” (featuring Dru Down, Hussein Fatal, Yaki Kadafi, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg)
Shakur Johnny Jackson Larry Blackmon Tomi Jenkins
Johnny “J” 2PAC
4:37
3.”Skandalouz” (featuring Nate Dogg)
Shakur Arnaud
Daz4:09
4.”Got My Mind Made Up” (featuring Tha Dogg Pound and Redman and Method Man)
Shakur Arnaud Ricardo Brown
Daz5:13
5.”How Do U Want It” (featuring K-Ci & JoJo)
Shakur Jackson
Johnny “J”4:47
6.”2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg , Backgrounds)
Shakur Calvin Broadus Arnaud
Daz4:07
7.”No More Pain”  
Shakur DeVanté Swing Clifford Smith Robert Diggs, Jr.
DeVanté 4HISDAMNSELF ENT.6:14
8.”Heartz of Men”  
Shakur David Blake Prince George Clinton, Jr. William Collins Clarence Haskins Bernard Worrell
Blake4:43
9.”Life Goes On” (featuring Nanci Fletcher)
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, The Outlawz and Storm, Back vocals by C.P.O.)
Shakur Mike Mosley
Mosley Rick Rock
5:29
12.”California Love (Remix)” (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
Shakur Andre Young R. Troutman Larry Troutman Norman Durham Woody Cunningham
Dr. Dre6:25
13.”I Ain’t Mad at Cha” (featuring Danny Boy)
Shakur Arnaud
Daz4:53
14.”What’z Ya Phone #” (featuring Danny Boy)
Shakur Jackson
Johnny “J” 2PAC
5:10
disc 2: Book 2

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length

1.”Can’t C Me” (featuring George Clinton, Dr. Dre, Nanci Fletcher)
Shakur Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre5:30
2.”Shorty Wanna Be a Thug”  
Shakur Jackson
Johnny “J”3:51
3.”Holla at Me”  
Shakur Bobcat
Bobby “Bobcat” Ervin4:56
4.”Wonda Why They Call U Bitch”  
Shakur Jackson
Johnny “J” 2PAC
4:19
5.”When We Ride” (featuring The Outlawz, Nanci Fletcher)
Shakur DJ Pooh
DJ Pooh5:09
6.”Thug Passion” (featuring The Outlawz, Jewell, and Storm))
Shakur Jackson L. Troutman R. Troutman Shirley Murdock
Johnny “J” 2PAC
5:08
7.”Picture Me Rollin'” (featuring C.P.O., Danny Boy and Mussolini)
Shakur Jackson Tiruss Himes
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
Rasheed4:14
10.”All Eyez On Me” (featuring Mussolini)
Shakur Jackson James Pennington
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 and E-40)Shakur
Mosley Rock
4:29
13.”Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find” (featuring Danny Boy)
Shakur QD3
QD33:58
Notes
“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.[12][13]
Sample credits
“All About U” contains a sample of “Candy” as performed by Cameo.
“How Do U Want It” contains a sample of “Body Heat” as performed by Quincy Jones.
“No More Pain” contains an interpolation of “Bring the Pain” as performed by Method Man.
“Heartz of Men” contains a sample of “Darling Nikki” as performed by Prince and The Revolution, “That Nigga’s Crazy” by Richard Pryor, and “Up for the Down Stroke” by Parliament.
“Life Goes On” contains a sample of “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” as performed by The O’Jays.
“Tradin War Stories” contains a sample of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” as performed by James Brown.
“California Love (Rmx)” contains an interpolation of “So Ruff, So Tuff” as performed by Roger Troutman, and “Intimate Connection” by Kleeer.
“What’z Ya Phone #” contains a sample of “777-9311” by The Time.
“Shorty Wanna Be a Thug” contains a sample of “Wildflower” by Hank Crawford.
“Thug Passion” contains an interpolation of “Computer Love” as performed by Zapp & Roger.
“Picture Me Rollin'” contains a sample of “Winter Sadness” as performed by Kool & the Gang.
“Ratha Be Ya Nigga” contains a sample of “I’d Rather Be with You” as performed by Bootsy Collins.
“Run tha Streetz” contains a sample of “Piece of My Love” as performed by Guy.
Personnel
Credits for All Eyez On Me adapted from Allmusic and CD booklet.[14][15]

2Pac — associate producer, composer, primary artist, producer
Suge Knight — executive producer
Norris Anderson — production manager
Delmar “Daz” Arnaud — composer
Dave Aron — engineer, mixing
Big Syke — featured artist
Larry Blackmon — composer
David Blake — composer, mixing, producer, talk box
B-Legit — featured artist
Bobcat — composer
Calvin Broadus — composer
R. Brown — composer
C-BO — featured artist
Larry Chatman — associate producer
Rick Clifford — engineer
G. Clinton, Jr. — composer
George Clinton — composer, featured artist, vocals
Nanci Fletcher – featured artist, vocals
Dorothy Coleman — background vocals
W. Collins — composer
Kenn Cox — composer
CPO — featured artist
Woody Cunningham — composer
Tommy “D” Daugherty — engineer
Danny Boy — featured artist
Dat Nigga Daz — featured artist, producer
Robert Diggs — composer
DJ Pooh — composer, mixing, producer
Dr. Dre — composer, featured artist, mixing, producer
Tha Dogg Pound — featured artist
Nate Dogg — featured artist, vocals
Dramacydal — featured artist
Dru Down — featured artist
Norman Durham — composer
E-40 — featured artist
Ebony — background vocals
Bobby Ervin — composer, producer
Fatal — featured artist
Brian Gardner — mastering
Michael Geiser — associate engineer
Yaki Kadafi — featured artist
Nathaniel Hale — composer
C. Haskins — composer
Johnny Jackson — composer
Jewell — featured artist
Johnny “J” — mixing, producer
Puff Johnson — background vocals
Jojo the Elf — featured artist
E. Jordan — composer
Kurupt — featured artist
Alvin McGill — associate engineer, engineer
Method Man — featured artist
Michel’le — featured artist
Mike Mosley — assistant engineer, composer, mixing, producer
Shirley Murdock — composer
Ken Nahoum — photography
Outlawz — featured artist
J.P. Pennington — composer
Prince — composer
George Pryce — art direction, design
QD3 — composer
Rappin’ 4-Tay — featured artist
Doug Rasheed — composer, producer
Danny Ray — background vocals
Redman — featured artist
Richie Rich — featured artist
Rick Rock — producer
Patrick Shevelin — associate engineer
Carl “Butch” Small — percussion
Stacey Smallie — background vocals
C. Smith — composer
Henry “Hendogg” Smith — illustrations
Snoop Doggy Dogg — featured artist, vocals
Troy Staton — engineer
D. Stevens — composer
E. Stevens — composer
D. Stewart — composer
The Storm — featured artist
DeVanté Swing — composer, mixing, proucer

Roy Tesfay — production co-ordination
Rahiem Prince Thomas — composer
S. Thomas — composer
Sean “Barney” Thomas — keyboards
Larry Troutman — composer
Roger Troutman — composer, featured artist, talk box, unknown contributor role
Natasha Walker — background vocals
Carlos Warlick — engineer, mixing
Barbara Warren — stylist, unknown contributor role
Bruce Washington — composer
Danette Williams — background vocals
Barbara Wilson — background vocals
Nanci Fletcher – background vocals
Keston Wright — engineer
Charts
Chart (1996)Peak positions
Australian Albums Chart[16]19
Belgium Charts (Flanders)[17]4
Belgium Charts (Wallonia)[18]4
Dutch Albums Chart[19]11
French Albums Chart[20]99
German Albums Chart[21]16
Irish Albums Chart[22]1
New Zealand Albums Chart[23]1
Norwegian Albums Chart[24]14
Swedish Albums Chart[25]5
Switzerland Albums Chart[26]15
UK Albums Chart[27][28]32
US Billboard 200[29]1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[29]1
End of decade charts
Chart (1990–1999)Position
U.S. Billboard 200[30]97
Preceded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis MorissetteBillboard 200 number-one album
March 2, 1996 – March 15, 1996Succeeded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/shipments

Australia (ARIA)[31]Gold35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32]Platinum100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33]Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA)[34]9× Platinum9,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Accolades

The information regarding accolades attributed to All Eyez On Me is adapted from Acclaimedmusic.net.[35]
PublicationCountryAccoladeYearRank
FNACFranceThe 1000 Best Albums of All Time2008461

Rock & FolkThe Best Albums from 1963 to 19991999*
BabylonGreeceThe 50 Best Albums of the 1990s48
Hip-Hop ConnectionUnited KingdomThe 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995-2005200535
The New NationTop 100 Albums by Black Artists64
QThe Ultimate Music Collection*
90 Albums of the 90s1999*
About.comUnited States100 Greatest Hip Hop Albums[36]200880
Best Rap Albums of 1996[37]1
Tom Moon1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die*
Ego TripHip Hop’s 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-9819998
Rolling StoneThe Essential Recordings of the 90s

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