Today marks the 17th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, so I thought I would talk about one of my favourite albums of all time – All Eyez On Me.
This was Tupac’s first album on Death Row Records and first album since being released from jail. No one but Tupac could make an album about the thug life so poetic. We allknow the smash hits “2 of amerikaz most wanted” featuring Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) and “California Love” featuring Dr. Dre, but the rest of the album has the real heart and soul of Tupac Shakur. Tupac pours his heart out in songs like “I Aint Mad At Cha” and “Life Goes On” where he speaks about past friends and past struggles in the steets of the L.A. and songs like “Picture Me Rollin'” and “Can’t C Me” which describe Tupac’s rise to fame and what it was like to live that lifestyle at that time. Tupac’s flow and rhymes are unmistakable and can be recognized by almost any one. To me, All Eyez On Me was Tupac’s best and most complete album, gathering friends for verses and hooks and background beats with groovy bass lines and funky keys really embody that California vibe in the 90’s. There is not one song on this album that isn’t likeable, this is true rap.
Tupac is one of the top selling rappers of all time. With songs like “All Bout U” and “Only God Can Judge Me” no wonder why this album went 9x platinum. So many classics still appreciated till this day. You don’t know rap until you listen to Tupac’s All Eyez On Me.