- 2Pac's All Eyez on Me is released on 2/13/1996
- The Fugees' The Score is released on 2/13/1996
- Snoop Dogg is acquitted of murder charges on 2/20/1996
- Naughty by Nature's Poverty's Paradise wins the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album on 2/28/1996
It was a month for history: 2Pac released the first major-release double album in rap music, All Eyez on Me. The rush-recorded set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts and solidified 'Pac's status as one of the biggest figures in pop culture, much less rap. Eyez eventually went nine times platinum and became Tupac's best-selling album. Of course it was the last album he released in his lifetime; it was also one of the last great albums of the West Coast's mid-'90s heyday.
The same day Eyez dropped, The Fugees released their second and final album The Score, an effort as different from 'Pac's as could be. The Score peaked at No. 1 on the charts as well. and has since been certified platinum six times over. The success of the album, in particular, the single "Killing Me Softly" released a month later, would propel Lauryn Hill to a superstardom that, like 'Pac's, would transcend rap and dominate pop culture as well. —Lauren Nostro