2Pacalypse Now

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2Pacalypse Now
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Studio album by 2Pac
Released November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
Recorded June 1989 – September 1991
Starlight Sound Studios
(Richmond, California)
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 55:07
Label Amaru, Interscope
Producer Atron Gregory (exec.), Big D the Impossible, Jeremy, Live Squad, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Underground Railroad
2Pac chronology
2Pacalypse Now
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z...
Singles from 2Pacalypse Now
  1. "Trapped"
    Released: September 25, 1991
  2. "Brenda's Got a Baby"
    Released: December 20, 1991
  3. "If My Homie Calls"
    Released: February 25, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
RapReviews 8/10[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by American rapper 2Pac. It was released on November 12, 1991, by Interscope Records and EastWest Records America. Less polished than it later proceed with his studio album, 2Pacalypse Now, which is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, 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. It featured three singles; "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "If My Homie Calls".


The album was initially released on T.N.T. Recordings and Interscope Records, which at the time was distributed through Eastwest Records America and Atlantic Records. Following Shakur's death, Amaru Entertainment (established by his mother Afeni Shakur) obtained the rights to this album. Distribution was taken over by Jive Records. The album's name is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

2Pacalypse Now could be found in the vinyl countdown and the instruction manual for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, along with the track, titled "I Don't Give a Fuck", which the song 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 Ronald Ray Howard murdered a Texas 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."

Commercial success[edit]

2Pacalypse Now was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 19, 1995 for sales of 500,000 copies in the USA.[5]

The record performed poorly compared to 2Pac's later albums, but it was important, showcasing 2Pac's political conviction and his focus on lyrical prowess.


"Full of Promise" wrote Ian McCann from the Q, said that "The uncompromising 'I Don't Give a Fuck' could almost be Ice Cube; 'Brenda's Got a Baby' was the breakthrough hit with surprising sensitivity."[2] On MTV's Greatest Rappers of All Time list, 2Pacalypse Now was listed as one of 2Pac's "certified classic" albums, along with Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me, and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. [6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
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

The Lunatic

Part Time Mutha

Rebel of the Underground

Soulja's Story


Words of Wisdom

Young Black Male


Something Wicked

Unused tracks[edit]

  • "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" (Early 1991 Version of "Don't Call Me, Bitch") (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)
  • "No Part Of Dis" (Unreleased)
  • "That's Just the Way It Is" (Early 1991 Version of "Changes") (Unreleased)


Single information
"Brenda's Got a Baby" (feat. Dave Hollister)
"Trapped" (feat. Shock G)
  • Released: September 25, 1992
  • B-side: Tha' Lunatic (feat. Stretch)
"If My Homie Calls"

Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] platinum 1.000,000[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1992 2Pacalypse Now 64 13


Year Song Chart positions
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1992 "Brenda's Got a Baby"/ "If My Homie Calls" 11 23


  1. ^ Marisa Brown. "2Pacalypse Now - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b McCann, Ian: reissue reviews, Q, April 1997
  3. ^ Emilee Woods. "2Pac :: 2Pacalypse Now :: Interscope Records". rapreviews.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2011.  Portions posted at "Tupac Shakur: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  5. ^ http://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=2+pac&ti=&lab=&genre=&format=&date_option=release&from=&to=&award=&type=&category=&adv=SEARCH#
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "American certifications – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013.