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All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me
Tracks (27)
Released: February, 1996 by Hi-Note
Produced by: 2Pac, Bobby Ervin, Dat Nigga Daz, David Blake, DeVante Swing, DJ Pooh, Doug Rasheed, Dr. Dre, Johnny J, Michael Mosley, Mike Mosley, Rick Rock
Engineer(s): Alvin McGill, Carlos Warlick, Dave Aron, Keston Wright, Rick Clifford, Tommy "D" Daugherty, Tommy D, Troy Staton
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
Songs
Disc 1
1
Ambitionz Az a Ridah
2
All About U
3
Skandalouz
4
Got My Mind Made Up
5
How Do You Want It
6
2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
7
No More Pain
8
Heartz of Men
9
Life Goes On
10
Only God Can Judge Me
11
Tradin War Stories
12
California Love [Remix]
13
I Ain't Mad at Cha
14
What'z Ya Phone No.
Disc 2
1
Can't C Me
2
Shorty Wanna Be a Thug
3
Holla at Me
4
Wonda Why They Call U B____
5
When We Ride
6
Thug Passion
7
Picture Me Rollin'
8
Check Out Time
9
Ratha Be Ya N____
10
All Eyez on Me
11
Run tha Streetz
12
Ain't Hard 2 Find
13
Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find
Album Review
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. All Eyez on Me is 2Pac the thug icon in all his brazen excess, throwing off all self-control and letting it all hang out -- even if some of it would have been better kept to himself. In that sense, it's an accurate depiction of what made him such a volatile and compelling personality, despite some undeniable filler. On the plus side, this is easily the best production he's ever had on record, handled mostly by Johnny J (notably on the smash "How Do U Want It") and Dat Nigga Daz; Dr. Dre also contributes another surefire single in "California Love" (which, unfortunately, is present only as a remix, not the original hit version). Both hits are on the front-loaded first disc, which would be a gangsta classic in itself; other highlights include the anthemic Snoop Dogg duet "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," "All About U" (with the required Nate Dogg-sung hook), and "I Ain't Mad at Cha," a tribute to old friends who've gotten off the streets. Despite some good moments, the second disc is slowed by filler and countless guest appearances, plus a few too many thug-lovin' divas crooning their loyalty. Erratic though it may be, All Eyez on Me is nonetheless carried off with the assurance of a legend in his own time, and it stands as 2Pac's magnum opus. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
 
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