|Studio album by|
|Released||November 12, 1991|
|Studio||Starlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California|
|Singles from 2Pacalypse Now|
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. 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. In commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, it was released on vinyl and cassette on November 11, 2016.
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.
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."
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.
All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.
|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|
|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||3:53|
|11.||"Tha' Lunatic" (featuring Stretch)||Live Squad||3:29|
|12.||"Rebel of the Underground"||Shock G||3:17|
|13.||"Part Time Mutha" (featuring Angelique and Poppi)||Big D the Impossible||5:13|
Young Black Male
Words of Wisdom
Crooked Ass Nigga
If My Homie Calls
Rebel of the Underground
Part Time Mutha
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone