At the time of its release All Eyez On Me racked up over six million sales, becoming the bestselling hip-hop album of all time. With a chance to reassess Death Row's output it's not hard to see why. As the last album released before Tupac's death, All Eyez On Me is one of the best reasons to buy into the Death Row ethos, featuring Tha Dogg Pound (Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt and Dat Nigger Daz. The DVD Side of the DualDisc edition includes never-before-released footage and more. 2005.
Simultaneously serving as both endless fodder for intellectual debates and the album most likely to be blaring out of the adjacent car's window, All Eyez on Me
is a phenomenon that packs a wallop with every listen. Unquestionably the most nihilistic album to top the Billboard charts--and it's doubtful that any will match it--Eyez
also manages to dish out the good-times dance tunes and still flow seamlessly. Recording commenced within hours of Tupac Shakur's release from prison, and a year's worth of pent-up ideas are unleashed with a fury akin to lifting the lid on a box of plutonium. The line between high art and insufferable reality, possibilities and self-destruction, has never been so blurred. Eyez
is a landmark achievement that is unlikely to be topped by any heir apparent to the hip-hop crown. --Gregg Turkington