2Pacalypse Now

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2Pacalypse Now
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
RecordedMarch–August 1991
StudioStarlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California
GenrePolitical rap[1]
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[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

2Pacalypse Now is the solo 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) on April 19, 1995.[6] In commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, it was released on vinyl and cassette on November 11, 2016.[7]


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."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

2Pacalypse Now peaked at number 64 on the US Billboard 200 and number 13 on the US 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. As of September 2011, the album has sold 923,455 copies in the United States.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[10]

1."Young Black Male"Tupac ShakurBig D the Impossible2:35
2."Trapped"T. Shakur, Ramone "Pee-Wee" Gooden, Ray TysonPee-Wee4:44
3."Soulja's Story"T. Shakur, D. Evans, Isaac HayesBig D the Impossible5:05
4."I Don't Give a Fuck"T. Shakur, R. GoodenPee-Wee4:20
5."Violent"T. Shakur, David Elliott, Ronald Brooks, Maceo ParkerRaw Fusion6:25
6."Words of Wisdom"T. ShakurShock G4:54
7."Something Wicked"T. Shakur, Jeremy JacksonJeremy2:28
8."Crooked Ass Nigga" (featuring Stretch)T. Shakur, Randy WalkerStretch4:17
9."If My Homie Calls"T. ShakurBig D the Impossible4:18
10."Brenda's Got a Baby"T. ShakurBig D the Impossible3:53
11."Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Stretch)T. Shakur, G. JacobsShock G3:29
12."Rebel of the Underground"T. ShakurBig D The Impossible3:17
13."Part Time Mutha" (featuring Poppi)T. ShakurBig D the Impossible5:13
Total length:55:07
  • Additional Vocals on "Trapped" performed by Dank, Playa-Playa and Wiz
  • Background Vocals on "Trapped" performed by Shock G
  • Telephone Voices on "I Don't Give ..." spoken by Mickey Cooley, Rodney Cooley and Pogo
  • Background Vocals on "Violent" performed by 2Pac, Raw Fusion, and Descaro "Mac Mone" Moore
  • Background Vocals on "Something Wicked" performed by Pee-Wee
  • Keyboards on "Crooked ..." played by The Piano Man
  • Background Vocals on "Rebel of the Underground" performed by Shock G, Ray Luv, Yonni & Di-Di
  • Additional Vocals on "Part Time Mutha" performed by Angelique


Young Black Male[10]


Soulja's Story[10]

Violent[citation needed]

Words of Wisdom[10]

Something Wicked[citation needed]

Crooked Ass Nigga

If My Homie Calls[10]

The Lunatic[citation needed]

Rebel of the Underground[citation needed]

Part Time Mutha


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 64
US Heatseekers (Billboard)[14] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 13
Chart (1996) Peak
US Catalog Albums (Billboard)[16] 3
Chart (2016) Peak
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[17] 21


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 923,455[9]


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  2. ^ Marisa Brown. "2Pacalypse Now - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  3. ^ McCann, Ian: reissue reviews, Q, April 1997
  4. ^ Emilee Woods. "2Pac :: 2Pacalypse Now :: Interscope Records". rapreviews.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2011. Portions posted at "Tupac Shakur: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
  6. ^ "2Pac - GOLD & PLATINUM". RIAA. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ Walker, Angus (3 November 2016). "Tupac's 2Pacalypse Now released on vinyl and cassette". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  8. ^ Broder, John (September 23, 1992). "Quayle Calls for Pulling Rap Album Tied to Murder Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
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  11. ^ a b c "2Pac Releases his Debut Album...(1991)". RVM. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b "2Pac...Now (The Samples)". Hip Hop Is Read. 18 March 2008.
  13. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Vinyl Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.