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Tupac’s All Eyez On Me Album Anniversary On Superbowl LVI

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Tupac’s 1996 double album is one of the best selling rap albums of all-time and was released on February 13th in 1996.

It just so happens that Tupac’s name is once again trending in mainstream media due to rumors of his hologram making an appearance at the Superbowl this Sunday(February 13th, 2022). The iconic rap star was sitting in Clinton Correctional Facility at the time. The maximum-security prison was housing the famous rapper since 1995.

The prior year in November of 1994, Tupac Shakur encountered the now infamous shooting at Quad studio in New York. It was the the night before a jury convicted him. On October 12, 1995, Pac was released from jail. He flew to Los Angeles and immediately started recording. The first song he recorded was “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and the music video would end up being Tupac’s last. It was prophetic seeing the rap artist in heaven with other musical legends like Jimi Hendrix and being welcomed by the iconic comedian Redd Foxx.

The beautiful, but eerie video shows Tupac Shakur depicting the same circumstances that happened in real life that occurred just two days before the video was released! A crazy coincidence considering what had just happened in Vegas.

All Eyez on Me is just as political as Tupac’s first two albums, which dealt with national politics in more overt terms. Pac’s writing is inherently and inescapably political, and his feelings about prison, about race, and about America permeate nearly every verse.

On songs about video models, he slips in lines like “Life’s hell for a black celebrity.” Take this to its logical end: “How Do U Want It,” the gleefully sleazy single with K-Ci & JoJo, features a mid-song tangent about Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and C. Delores Tucker. For Tupac in 1996, sex would inevitably be wrapped up with politics and freedom.

PLATINUM SELLING ALBUM

Arriving on February 13, 1996, All Eyez on Me debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second album to achieve that feat, with over 566,000 copies sold in its first week. The first double-disc rap album released on a major label, All Eyez on Me would be widely successful, spawning several singles and amassing millions of units sold within months of its release. The album ultimately attained diamond certification, putting it on the shortlist of albums to do so, and being universally hailed as an undisputed classic and one of the greatest albums of all-time.