On February 13, 1996 Tupac released his fourth studio album titled “All Eyez On Me.” The album was Tupac’s first since joining Death Row Records and was also Tupac’s first double album.
After signing a contract with Death Row in prison, releasing a double album in All Eyez On Me, positioned Tupac an album short of completing his 3 album agreement with the label.
All Eyez On Me produced five singles each with a music video the most from any Tupac album, before or after death. Two of these singles hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “How Do U Want It” and “California Love”.
The album itself would reach many heights on the charts. All Eyez On Me landed #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The album would also reach diamond status in sales in 2014.
Much of the album saw production by Johnny J, who produced songs such as “How Do U Want It”, “Picture Me Rollin” and “All Eyez On Me”. Daz Dillinger also made an impact on the album with songs like “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”.
All Eyez On Me would also go on to feature various artists, from both coasts. Including many of his new label mates such as Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Dogg Pound and Nate Dogg. Other featured contributions were the Redman, Method Man and the debut of the Outlawz.
Previously on Tupac’s “Me Against The World” album, Dramacydal made their mark. Consisting of EDI Mean, Kastro, Kadafi and Napoleon, they would be featured ironically on a song titled Outlaw.
While in prison Tupac would go on to form the Outlawz. With the help of Yaki Kafafi in bringing Hussein Fatal and Young Noble, the Outlawz would be complete and consist of 7 members. Tupac, Kadafi, EDI, Young Noble, Hussein Fatal, Kastro and Napoleon.
In an interview with VLAD TV, EDI Mean discussed the meaning for their alias as they formed the Outlawz. “He [Tupac] was like nah, We gon take actual people that we know this country despises. You know what I mean, because we feel as the young black male we are despised in this country. We gon take it a step further and put it even more in their face.”
Below Tupac can be seen with Papa G as they discuss the art work for Tupac’s iconic All Eyez On Me album.