2Pac was the first rapper to have two No. 1 albums in the same year with his album, All Eyes on Me (1996) and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996). After his release from Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995 and signing to Suge Knight's Death Row Records, 2Pac was spending a lot of time in the studio. In February of 1996, 2Pac released his fourth studio album All Eyez on Me—2Pac's first release on Death Row Records—2Pac's double-length album All Eyez on Me reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 500,000 units first week. All Eyez on Me was the first double-full-length solo hip-hop album.
After the release of All Eyez on Me, 2Pac had already started working on a new album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. Two months after 2Pac's murder in September 1996, Death Row Records released 2Pac's fifth and final album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 664,000 units first week.