Artist – 2pac
Album – All Eyez on Me
Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/4CzT5ueFBRpbILw34HQYxi
Tupac Shakur (2pac) was an American hip-hop artist, known widely as being one of the greatest rapper ever. As well as becoming infamous in the media for his personal life (jail time, shootings, beef with Biggie Smalls), he was also known for being an extremely hard working artist. Pac wrote and recording music non stop, which has graced us with a giant back catalogue, and he would continuously work in his community as he became a spokesperson for black America. Tupac has numerous incredible albums but the one that has stuck out over the years as a definitive rap/hip-hop album is ‘All Eyez on Me’.
‘All Eyez on Me’ is probably considered Tupacs pinnacle album as it incorporates his whole style within one album. There features the slower narrative driven tracks such as ‘I Aint Mad At Cha’ and The Gangster Rap style tracks in ‘2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted’. This album displays some incredible guest performances from Tupacs fellow Death Row Record artists (Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg) and some unique inclusion such as George Clinton of Parliament. Tupacs delivery and flow is key to the albums success (as well as many catchy beats). Although many argued during this period that Biggie had better flow I personally feel it was different rather than better, Tupac delivers with passion, sometimes a serious tone and some times a more light hearted tone, depending on what the song needed. This album in particular was Pacs most successful, with a string of hits including ‘California Love’, ‘How Do U Want Me’ and ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah’, as well as featuring highly in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Qs top 100 Rap Albums lists.
‘All Eyez on Me’ is a definite for any rap/hip-hop enthusiast to listen to. It has some of the best ever rap songs, on one of the best rap albums, by one of (if not the) best rappers of all time.