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2Pacalypse Now
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2Pacalypse Now

2Pac 2Pacalypse Now
LP by 2Pac
Released November 12, 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Rap
Length 52 min 02 s

Record label Interscope
Producer Digital Underground
Professional reviews
Allmusic.com 2.5 stars out of 5 link
2Pac Chronology
2Pacalypse Now
(1991)
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z
(1993)

(1994)

2Pacalypse Now is Tupac Shakur's debut album which was released in 1991. It was produced with the help of his friends at Digital Underground. Though less polished and lacking the hard-hitting beats of his later albums, it was his most political work. He addresses many social problems such as police brutality, poverty, teenage pregnancy, and drug use.

The album generated significant controversy stemming from Dan Quayle's public criticism of it, and its strong theme of police brutality.

Though it lacks the commercial success of many of his later albums, it is still significant in showcasing the depth of his political conviction, as well as the raw talent he had even at an early age. It featured two hit singles, Brendas Got a Baby and Trapped, and it reached gold status.

Young Black Male is a serious, angry tribute to the tribulations endured by black males, not the least of which is abuse by the police and the justice system. This theme crops up again in Shakur's later works, especially his next album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. One can see weak attempts to emulate this style by rappers such as Jay-Z.

Brenda's Got a Baby is perhaps the most moving song of the album. It is a chronicle of the suffering caused by teen pregnancy, and is one of Tupac's many odes to black women.

Rebel of the Underground is a more lighthearted track, a party-themed tribute to Digital Underground.

Tracklist:

1. "Young Black Male"
2. "Trapped"
3. "Souljaz Story"
4. "I Dont Give A Fuck"
5. "Violent"
6. "Words Of Wisdom"
7. "Something Wicked"
8. "Crooked Ass Nigga"
9. "If My Homie Calls"
10. "Brendas Got a Baby"
11. "Tha Lunatic"
12. "Rebel of The Underground"
13. "Part Time Mutha"