2Pac – All Bout U (featuring Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Dru Down, Fatal-N-Felony) (Music Video)

    All Eyez on Me is the fourth studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released February 13, 1996 on Death Row Records andInterscope Records. The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music. It has been said that “despite some undeniable filler, it is easily the best production 2Pac’s ever had on record”. It was certified 5× Platinum […]

 


 

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

The album is frequently recognized as one of the crowning achievements of 1990s rap music. It has been said that “despite some undeniable filler, it is easily the best production 2Pac’s ever had on record”. 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. 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. 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. The album won the 1997 Soul Train R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Award. 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 1990’s.

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.

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 Nowand 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 
Snoop Dogg
George ClintonRappin’ 4-TayMethod ManRedman, 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 fromDr. 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 second best selling album (behind only his Greatest Hits album). The album was certified 5x Platinum in the United States after just 2 months and was later certified 9x platinum. 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.

 

Samples

2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted

All Bout U

All Eyez on Me

Ambitionz Az a Ridah

  • “Pee-Wee’s Dance” by Joeski Love

California Love (Remix)

  • “Intimate Connection” by Kleeer

Can’t C Me

Check Out Time

Got My Mind Made Up

Heartz of Men

Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find

How Do U Want It

I Ain’t Mad at Cha

Life Goes On

No More Pain

Only God Can Judge Me

Picture Me Rollin

Ratha Be Ya N****

Run Tha Streetz

  • “Piece of My Love” by Guy

Shorty Wanna Be a Thug

Thug Passion

Tradin War Stories

What’z Ya Phone #



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