Saturday, 17 September 2011
ALBUM SELECT OF THE WEEK: 2PAC-ALL EYEZ ON ME
Continuing our week long tribute in memory of Tupac Shakur let's select his album that may as well have been called his greatest hits; the epic, double disc 'All Eyez On Me'. 'Ambitionz az a Ridah', 'All Bout U', 'How Do U Want It?', '2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted', 'Heartz of Men', 'Life Goes On', 'Only God Can Judge Me', 'California Love', 'I Ain't Mad at Cha', 'Picture Me Rollin' and of course the title track are all here as 'Pac left prison and hit the studio like no other. The rap icon and legend became like Dylan over two books with an endless library of songs that still get released today a decade and a half after his death. This Death Row record marks the biggest, most significant album of his career and in life and death he's released more classics than most rappers combined. Everyone from Snoop Doggy Dogg to Method Man and Redman to Dr. Dre joined this West Coast, thug life, g-funk infused masterpiece as Pac played a sign and sound of his Los Angeles Times. The bravado of 'Can't C Me', the cool and epic 'Holla At Me', the introspective, thought provoking 'Tradin' War Stories', the smoked out and cool 'Skandalouz' featuring the late, great Nate Dogg (Rest In Peace) and many more lassics round out this perfect, timeless double-album. It's records and classic moments in music last night that are exactly why all eyes (and ears) are still on 2Pac. TIM DAVID HARVEY.