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|Studio album by 2Pac|
|Released||November 12, 1991|
|Recorded||June – September 1991
at Starlight Sound Studios
(Richmond, California, U.S.)
|Genre||Political hip hop, gangsta rap, golden age hip hop, new jack swing|
|Label||Interscope Records, T.N.T. Recordings|
|Producer||Atron Gregory (exec.), Big D the Impossible, Jeremy, Live Squad, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Underground Railroad|
|Singles from 2Pacalypse Now|
Though less polished than his later studio albums, 2Pacalypse Now is 2Pac's most overtly political work. In it, he addresses contemporary social issues facing American society, such as racism, police brutality, poverty, and teenage pregnancy, some issues giving a lyrical glimpse into the world of a young black man on the urban streets of the United States.
The album was originally released on Interscope Records, the rights of it are now owned by Amaru Entertainment, founded by Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur. The album's name is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
2Pacalypse Now can be found in the Vinyl Countdown and in the instruction manual for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas along with the track "I Don't Give a Fuck" which appeared on the in-game radio station, Radio Los Santos.
Prominent faces wearing hoods on cover photo : Kendrick Wells (front left) Al Jones III (right rear) Photo by Victor Hall Oakland CA
The album generated significant controversy stemming from then-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's public criticism after a youth in Texas shot a state trooper and his defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its strong theme of police brutality. Quayle made the statement, "There's no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society."
The record never achieved the same success as many of 2Pac's later albums owing in part to rough construction and sometimes repetitive beats, but it was important in showcasing 2Pac's political conviction and his focus on lyrical prowess.
On MTV's Greatest Rappers of All Time list, 2Pacalypse Now was listed as one of 2Pac's "certified classic" albums, along with Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.
|1.||"Young Black Male"||Big D The Impossible (D Evans)||2:35|
|2.||"Trapped" (featuring Shock G)||The Underground Railroad||4:44|
|3.||"Soulja's Story"||Big D The Impossible||5:05|
|4.||"I Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring Pogo)||Pee-Wee (R Gooden)||4:20|
|5.||"Violent" (featuring DJ Fuze, Money B and Mac Mone)||Raw Fusion (R Brooks & D Elliot)||6:25|
|6.||"Words of Wisdom"||Shock G (G Jacobs)||4:54|
|7.||"Something Wicked" (featuring Pee-Wee)||Jeremy||2:28|
|8.||"Crooked Ass Nigga" (featuring Stretch)||Stretch (R Walker)||4:17|
|9.||"If My Homie Calls"||Big D The Impossible||4:18|
|10.||"Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister)||The Underground Railroad||3:55|
|11.||"Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Stretch)||Shock G||3:29|
|12.||"Rebel of the Underground" (featuring Ray Luv and Shock G)||Shock G||3:17|
|13.||"Part Time Mutha" (featuring Angelique and Poppi)||Big D The Impossible||5:13|
Crooked Ass Nigga
If My Homie Calls
- "Let a Woman Be a Woman - Let a Man Be a Man" by Dyke & the Blazers
- "Fat Mama" by Herbie Hancock
- "I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To" by The Soul Children
- "Around the Way Girl" by LL Cool J
- "Prelude" by N.W.A
- "One of Those Funky Thangs" by Parliament
Part Time Mutha
- "Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder feat. Luther Vandross
- "Part Time Suckers" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
Rebel of the Underground
- "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
- "No Name Bar" by Isaac Hayes
- "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott and the L.A. Express
- "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
- "Mind Blowin'" by The D.O.C.
- "Pirates Theme" by Home T, Cocoa Tea and Shabba Ranks
- "City Under Siege" by Geto Boys
- "Any Colour You Like" by Pink Floyd
- "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy
- "Halloween Theme Song" by John Carpenter
Words of Wisdom
- "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock
Young Black Male
- "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic
- "Where Was You At" by War
- "The Product" by Ice Cube
- "Dead Homiez" by Ice Cube
- "I Got to Have It" by Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs
- "The Spank" by James Brown
- "Welcome to the Terrordome" by Public Enemy
- "Crooked Nigga Too" (Original featuring Stretch) (Remixed On Loyal To The Game)
- "Tears Of A Clown" (Unreleased)
- "Scared Straight '91" (Original featuring Ray Luv) (Remixed On Pac's Life)
- "Resist The Temptation" (Remixed On Best of 2Pac)
- "Dopefiend's Diner" (Remixed On Best of 2Pac)
- "Crooked Cop Killer" (Produced By Stretch) (featuring Ice-T) (Unreleased)
- "Fever In The Funkhouse" (Unreleased)
- "Revenge Of Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Money B)(Unreleased) (Original Version & Remix)
- "Funky Freestyles" (featuring Money B, Del the Funky Homosapien & Deb-E) (Unreleased)
- "Hymn of The 90's N.I.G.G.A." (Original featuring Mouse Man & The Wycked) (Remixed On Loyal To The Game) (Partially)
- "Backstabbaz" (Unreleased)
- "What U Won't Do 4 Love" (featuring Schoovy Schmoov) (Early 1991 Version of "Do For Love")
- "Use Me" (Unreleased)
- "This Is The Brain On a 40 Ounce" (featuring Treach) (Unreleased)
- "2FLY4ME" (Unreleased)
- "Trapped" (Remix) (Unreleased)
- "You Don't Wanna Battle" (featuring Ryan G.) (Unreleased)
- "It Ain't Necessarily So" (featuring Shock G) (Unreleased)
- "Break 'Em Off" (featuring Money B, Debby & WC) (Unreleased)
|"Brenda's Got a Baby" (feat. Dave Hollister)
|"Trapped" (feat. Shock G)
|"If My Homie Calls"|
Charts and Certifications
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||923,455|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles|
|1992||"Brenda's Got a Baby"/ "If My Homie Calls"||10||3|
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