No rapper has ever worn pain as well as 2Pac, but after serving a prison sentence for a sexual assault charge for which he long maintained his innocence, that pain boiled over into rage. He channelled it well, though. All Eyez on Me is not only the centerpiece of his frantic period of productivity that followed, it's rap's single greatest act of catharsis. The sensitive poet of Pac's early records had mostly been devoured in the rise of a confrontational thug persona, but significant traces of his Panther-bred social awareness survived the emotional melee. What's most impressive, though, is how well he—and his production team, augmented with LA heavyweights like Dr. Dre and DJ Quik—managed to churn out legitimate party records in this state. Across 27 tracks, they rarely deliver anything less than a full-fledged anthem. It might be the only hip-hop double disc to actually warrant its bloated duration and is definitely Pac's finest two hours.
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