After being shot five times and sitting in prison for a crime he believed he didn’t commit, Tupac Shakur hit the studio with a vengeance when he touched down in California in October of 1996. The result was All Eyez on Me, an album that helped define both a genre and his own career.
As brazen as it was ambitious—it was hip-hop’s first double album, his fourth LP overall—the project is coated with winding West Coast synths, shameless boasts, death threats and “thug life” aphorisms. The LP showcases ’Pac in all of his Gemini multitudes, bigger, bolder and better. He could be vengeful one moment, as demonstrated on “Ambitions Az a Ridah” and “When
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