Tupac’s “All Eyez On Me” Earns Diamond Certification From RIAA

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by ANDRES TARDIO

Tupac’s “All Eyez On Me” goes ten times platinum 18 years after its release.

Tupac’s 1996 album, All Eyez On Me, has earned diamond certification, according to the RIAA.

The album, which features “California Love (Remix),” “How Do U Want It,” “Life Goes On” and “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” among other hits, has gone 10 times platinum 18 years after its initial release.

When it was released, All Eyez On Me earned less than perfect reviews. Rolling Stone awarded the album a 3 out of 5. “Even as a garden-variety thug, 2Pac shows more skill than most,” Rolling Stone said at the time. “He deserves to have all eyes — and ears — on him.”

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+. “Shakur has often made more compelling courtroom appearances (and movies) than records, but All Eyez on Me changes that dramatically,” EW said at the time. “Shakur belongs on Death Row — the rap hit-factory label, that is, which is also home to Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg. With a slew of producers, including Dre and nearly a dozen disciples of his g-funk sound, the album swings nonstop for over two rambunctious hours.”

In 2006, HipHopDX called All Eyez On Me Tupac’s definitive album.

“More than any of his other efforts, ‘Pac contradicted himself like crazy here,” HipHopDX said at the time. “But it was those contradictions within himself that made him the icon that he is today. Hip Hop has always been about the good, the bad and the ugly and Pac showed us the full the spectrum here. To this day is remains his definitive work.”

 

 

Check out the All Eyez On Me Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Eyez_on_Me

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Lil’ Kim ‘Just Now Getting Over’ Notorious B.I.G’s Death, 16 Years Later

Years after Biggie’s death, Kim will celebrate for the first time.

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Photo: MTV News

Lil’ Kim on “RapFix Live”

The loss of the Notorious B.I.G. was tough for hip-hop, but while fans lost a legend, Lil’ Kim lost a dear friend.

When the Queen Bee appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday, she fielded a question from Bun B, who lost his UGK partner in rhyme Pimp C back in 2007. “How was it dealing with the loss of Biggie for you in this industry,” Bun asked Kim in a pre-taped video.

“Bun B, that’s a very tough question because it took me so long — super long to deal with the loss of a person who was such a huge impact in my life,” she said.

Lil' Kim and The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. was tragically murdered on March 9, 1997 and while his passing saddened the hip-hop community as a whole, each year, fans, DJs, club promoters and other artists acknowledge March 9 as a day of celebration for Big’s life and music.

Kim first made her mark as a part of Biggie’s Junior Mafia crew, and at one time, she carried on an intimate relationship with the fallen MC. On Saturday, Kim will celebrate, for the first time ever, at club Glazz in Queens, New York. “That’s my first event ever on March 9 because I used to get offered events a lot and I said ‘no,’ ” she said. “I never celebrate that day. It’s so funny because I can always feel when that day is approaching. I get so depressed. I get so sad. It happens before March, in February. I can feel it coming and I used to all say ‘no.’

“So to answer Bun B, I’m just now getting over that fact, and it’s how many years later,” she said.

How do you celebrate March 9? Let us know in the comments!