2Pacalypse Now

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2Pacalypse Now
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Studio album by 2Pac
Released November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
Studio Starlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California
Length 55:07
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 his later works, 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, 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". 2Pacalypse Now was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[5]

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]

In commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, it was released on vinyl and cassette on November 11, 2016.[7]


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.[8]


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."[9]

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.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Young Black Male" Big D the Impossible 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 4:20
5. "Violent" (featuring DJ Fuze, Money B and Mac Mone) Raw Fusion 6:25
6. "Words of Wisdom" Shock G 4:54
7. "Something Wicked" (featuring Pee-Wee) Jeremy 2:28
8. "Crooked Ass Nigga" (featuring Stretch) Stretch 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) Live Squad 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
Total length: 55:07

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)
  • "This One Is 4 The Suckaz" (Unreleased)


Young Black Male[10]

  • "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


Soulja's Story[12]


Words of Wisdom[14]

Something Wicked[15]

Crooked Ass Nigga[16]

If My Homie Calls[17]

The Lunatic[18]

Rebel of the Underground[19]

Part Time Mutha[20]


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)[21] Gold 923,455[22]

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


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