To be quite honest, upon first hearing the news, it seemed outdated. Pac sold a boatload of albums in 1996 for a variety of reasons, whether it be from smash singles, beef with Biggie, rising tensions between two coasts or his own murder. Tupac’s groundbreaking double album, All Eyez On Me, officially surpassed the 10 million sales plateau, per the RIAA.
Bans already waxed poetic about Shakur’s Death Row debut, so it’s no need rehash memories other than how over the course of damn-near 30 tracks, we saw the full slate of Tupac: brash, ignorant, introspective, charming, revolutionary, witty and paranoid.
Eyez joins Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon, Prince And The Revolution’s Purple Rain, OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/Love Below, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, TLC’s CrazySexyCool and a host of others in the music industry’s eight-figure distinction club. Pac’s Greatest Hits album crossed the 10 million records sold mark in 2011.
With two diamond albums to a catalog that’s probably best described as “eternally influential,” Pac joins Eminem (Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show) as the only rappers to achieve the feat twice.