The immediate impact of AEOM impact was to establish Pac’s commercial dominance and solidify his role as the pre-eminent Westside representer. TDK had a more intense impact in terms of Pac’s devotional followers, but AEOMis what pop culture called for. Jay-Z selected “Me And My Girlfriend” out of all of Tupac catalog as the record he wanted to remake.
TDK shaped the way Pac’s death was framed and gave rise to all sorts of street intrigue.
It’s hard to account for TDK’s impact. If that album had never come out, would there be all those theories that he was still alive or that Makaveli’s death was a conspiracy? That record shaped the way Pac’s death was framed and gave rise to all sorts of street intrigue.
The song “Against All Odds” in particular made people investigate and try to go deeper into how and why Pac died, what the circumstances were, and who it actually pulled the trigger. The fact that his murder remains unsolved only adds to the fascination.