|Official Release Date||Sep 25, 2001|
track listingDisc 1:1. Ambitionz Az a Ridah - 2Pac2. All About U - Nate Dogg, Dru Down, Fatal, Yani Hadati, , , Snoop Dogg, 2Pac3. Skandalouz - Nate Dogg, , 2Pac4. Got My Mind Made Up - Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Method Man, Redman, 2Pac5. How Do You Want It - Jojo the Elf, 2Pac6. 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted - Snoop Dogg, 2Pac7. No More Pain - 2Pac8. Heartz of Men - 2Pac9. Life Goes on - 2Pac10. Only God Can Judge Me - Rappin' 4-Tay, 2Pac11. Tradin War Stories - C-Bo, Cpo, , Outlawz, Storm, 2Pac12. California Love (Rmx) [remix] - Dr. Dre, Roger Troutman, 2Pac13. I Ain't Mad at Cha - Danny Boy, Danny Ray, 2Pac14. What'Z Ya Phone No. - Danny Boy, Danny Ray, 2PacDisc 2:1. Can't C Me - George Clinton, 2Pac2. Shorty Wanna Be a Thug - 2Pac3. Holla at Me - 2Pac4. Wonda Why They Call U B____ - 2Pac5. When We Ride - 2Pac6. Thug Passion - Dramarydal, Jewell, Outlawz, Storm, 2Pac7. Picture Me Rollin' - Big Syke, Cpo, Danny Boy, Danny Ray, 2Pac8. Check Out Time - Big Syke, Kurupt, 2Pac9. Ratha Be Ya N____ - Richie Rich, 2Pac10. All Eyez on Me - Big Syke, 2Pac11. Run Tha Streetz - Michel'Le, , , Storm, 2Pac12. Ain't Hard 2 Find - B-Legit, C-Bo, E-40, Richie Rich, 2Pac13. Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find - 2Pac
descriptionMaybe 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.
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