2Pacalypse Now

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2Pacalypse Now
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
StudioStarlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California
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: October 20, 1991
  3. "If My Homie Calls"
    Released: February 25, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by American rapper 2Pac, released on November 12, 1991 by Interscope Records. 2Pacalypse Now is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society, such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy. It featured three singles: "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "If My Homie Calls".

2Pacalypse Now was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1995.[5] In commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, it was released on vinyl and cassette on November 11, 2016.[6]


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."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number 64 on the US Billboard 200 and number 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. On April 19, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.

1."Young Black Male"Big D the Impossible2:35
2."Trapped" (featuring Shock G)The Underground Railroad4:44
3."Soulja's Story"Big D the Impossible5:05
4."I Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring Pogo)Pee-Wee4:20
5."Violent"Raw Fusion6:25
6."Words of Wisdom"Shock G4:54
7."Something Wicked" (featuring Pee-Wee)Jeremy2:28
8."Crooked Ass Nigga" (featuring Stretch)Stretch4:17
9."If My Homie Calls"Big D the Impossible4:18
10."Brenda's Got a Baby" (featuring Dave Hollister)The Underground Railroad3:53
11."Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Stretch)Live Squad3:29
12."Rebel of the Underground"Shock G3:17
13."Part Time Mutha" (featuring Angelique and Poppi)Big D the Impossible5:13
Total length:55:07


Young Black Male[8]


Soulja's Story[10]


Words of Wisdom[12]

Something Wicked[13]

Crooked Ass Nigga[14]

If My Homie Calls[15]

The Lunatic[16]

Rebel of the Underground[17]

Part Time Mutha[18]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200 64
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 923,455[19]

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


  1. ^ Marisa Brown. "2Pacalypse Now - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ 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. ^ "2Pac - GOLD & PLATINUM". RIAA. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. ^ Walker, Angus (3 November 2016). "Tupac's 2Pacalypse Now released on vinyl and cassette". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  7. ^ Broder, John (September 23, 1992). "Quayle Calls for Pulling Rap Album Tied to Murder Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Young Black Male by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Trapped by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Soulja's Story by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Violent by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Words of Wisdom by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Something Wicked by 2Pac feat. Pee-Wee". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Crooked Ass Nigga by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  15. ^ "If My Homie Calls by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Tha Lunatic by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Rebel of the Underground by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Part Time Mutha by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  20. ^ "American certifications – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.