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2Pacalypse Now
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]
Rolling Stone3/5 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, 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) in 1995.[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 title is a portmanteau of 2Pac's name and 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

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

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[10]


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

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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000[21]

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


  1. ^ Marisa Brown. "2Pacalypse Now - 2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 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 2011.
  4. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011. Portions posted at "Tupac Shakur: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "2Pac - GOLD & PLATINUM". RIAA. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Hip Hop Week". Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Walker, Angus (3 November 2016). "Tupac's 2Pacalypse Now released on vinyl and cassette". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Spence, D (October 27, 2016). "GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS - RADIO LOS SANTOS". IGN. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Broder, John (September 23, 1992). "Quayle Calls for Pulling Rap Album Tied to Murder Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Young Black Male by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Trapped by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Soulja's Story by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Violent by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Words of Wisdom by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "Something Wicked by 2Pac feat. Pee-Wee". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Crooked Ass Nigga by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "If My Homie Calls by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Tha Lunatic by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "Rebel of the Underground by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ "Part Time Mutha by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved 2013.
  22. ^ "American certifications - 2 Pac - 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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