The staff of The Reflector thought about our favorite entertainment from the 1990s and decided to review them. We just had one rule: They could only review what they hadn’t already seen, heard or read.
This is an album of truly sad irony. Tupac Shakur’s 1996 album features poetic raps that encapsulate the dangers of not just being a famous rapper, but also the risks of achieving his level of fame as a black American. Add on Shakur’s expressions of family value and his comedic breaks, “All Eyez on Me” is a lyrical powerhouse deserving of its place in rap-history.
Shakur’s flow is on point with each song, especially shining in tracks like “Skandalouz,” where he keeps driving forward when you think he’s out of fuel. His voice bounces perfectly with the rhythm of the track behind him, making not a single track fall any short of entertaining.
While it is entertaining, there unfortunately is not much that is particularly exciting. Through his whole five album discography, Shakur doesn’t mix anything up or try anything different. Yes, his statements are undeniably impactful, and hilariously profane, but because it is so much of the same, it loses its value by the end.
Overall, Shakur’s lyrics are an incredible documentation of his life and his rap career. “All Eyez on Me” is a prime
example of that, and is definitely something I would recommend to anyone interested in the rap genre.