All Eyez on Me

All Eyez on Me

by 2Pac2Pac

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923580027
catalogNumber: 5800
Rank: 2307

Album Credits

Performance Credits

2Pac   Primary Artist
CPO   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
Dr. Dre   Track Performer
B-Legit   Track Performer
E-40   Track Performer
Snoop Dogg   Vocals,Track Performer
C-BO   Track Performer
Rappin' 4-Tay   Track Performer
Dru Down   Track Performer
George Clinton   Vocals,Track Performer
Ebony   Background Vocals
Puff Johnson   Background Vocals
Michel'le   Track Performer
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Sean "Barney" Thomas   Keyboards
Roger   Track Performer,Talk Box
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Method Man   Track Performer
Dat Nigga Daz   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Vocals
K-Ci & JoJo   Track Performer
Big Syke   Track Performer
Stacey Smallie   Background Vocals
Natasha Walker   Background Vocals
Danette Williams   Background Vocals
Fatal   Track Performer
Kurupt   Track Performer
Outlawz   Track Performer
Dorothy Coleman   Background Vocals
Richie Rich   Track Performer
Dramarydal   Track Performer
Yani Hadati   Track Performer
Danny Boy   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Storm   Track Performer
David Blake   Talk Box

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer
2Pac   Composer,Producer
Dave Aron   Engineer
Rick Clifford   Engineer
George Clinton   Composer
Woody Cunningham   Composer
Tommy D   Engineer
Norman Durham   Composer
Bobby Ervin   Producer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Doug Rasheed   Producer
DeVante Swing   Composer,Producer
Roger   Composer
Keston Wright   Engineer
Dat Nigga Daz   Producer
Derrick Stewart   Composer
Michael Mosley   Producer
Johnny J   Producer
Robert Diggs   Composer
Carlos Warlick   Engineer
Troy Staton   Engineer
Tommy "D" Daugherty   Engineer
Alvin McGill   Engineer
Suge Knight   Executive Producer
George Pryce   Art Direction
Rick Rock   Producer
Henry "Hendogg" Smith   Illustrations
Mike Mosley   Producer
Clifford Smith   Composer
David Blake   Producer

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