Two excellent albums were released 17 years ago. We'll start with this album, which I have covered often on my blog (the links will be provided if you haven't checked those out yet).
My feelings on this album haven't changed, and they likely never will. This album continues to get better with time, and it's one of my long time personal favorites.
I never reviewed this album on the blog, but I have touched on it in my post on 2Pac, which was one of the most read posts. Although this album continues to receive a good amount of mixed feedback, history has largely dictated that this album is a classic, not only because of the respectable number of very good to great songs on the album, but also due to the serious amount of hype surrounding the release, the tension between the East & West Coast (receiving major media attention, which no doubt helped the sales of this, and other albums), Death Row Records still sitting at the top of the hip hop mountain in early 1996, and the album being hip hop's first recognized double album.
I've always viewed this album as a classic, and much like other double albums such as "Life After Death" and "Wu-Tang Forever", it more than justified its length (and yes, "What'z Ya Phone #" SHOULD NOT have made this album, lol). Although the second disc has its share of good songs, disc 1 is the draw here, largely thanks to "Ambitionz Az A Ridah", "California Love", and the inclusion of this remix continues to puzzle a lot of fans, "I Ain't Mad At Cha", arguably the album's best track and one of my favorite Pac songs, "Got My Mind Made Up", "Tradin War Stories", "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "No More Pain", and "Life Goes On". So with all of that being said, I still stand by my 5 star rating for this album.