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2Pacalypse Now
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
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
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
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]


1 Background 2 Controversy 3 Commercial performance 4 Track listing 5 Unused tracks 6 Samples 7 Charts

7.1 Weekly charts

8 Certifications 9 References

Background[edit] 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
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] Controversy[edit] 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
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
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" 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 3:53

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

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)

Samples[edit] 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


"The Spank" by James Brown

Soulja's Story[12]

"Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers "No Name Bar" by Isaac Hayes "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott and the L.A. Express "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss "Let the Bass Go" by The D.O.C.


"Pirates Theme" by Home T, Cocoa Tea and Shabba Ranks "City Under Siege" by Geto Boys "Any Colour You Like" by Pink Floyd "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy "Halloween Theme Song" by John Carpenter

Words of Wisdom[14]

"Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock

Something Wicked[15]

"Welcome to the Terrordome" by Public Enemy

Crooked Ass Nigga[16]

"Crab Apple" by Idris Muhammad "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A "Fuck tha Police" by N.W.A

If My Homie Calls[17]

"Let a Woman Be a Woman - Let a Man Be a Man" by Dyke & the Blazers "Fat Mama" by Herbie Hancock "I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To" by The Soul Children "Around the Way Girl" by LL Cool J "Prelude" by N.W.A

The Lunatic[18]

"One of Those Funky Thangs" by Parliament

Rebel of the Underground[19]

"Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers "The Pinocchio Theory" by Bootsy Collins

Part Time Mutha[20]

"Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
feat. Luther Vandross "Part Time Suckers" by Boogie Down Productions "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss

Charts[edit] Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak position

US Billboard 200 64

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

United States
United States
(RIAA)[21] Gold 923,455[22]

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


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2Pacalypse Now
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Guide. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2011.  Portions posted at " Tupac
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Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-11.  ^ "2Pac - GOLD & PLATINUM". RIAA. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.  ^ Walker, Angus (3 November 2016). "Tupac's 2Pacalypse Now
2Pacalypse Now
released on vinyl and cassette". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 13 November 2016.  ^ Spence, D (October 27, 2016). "GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS - RADIO LOS SANTOS". IGN. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ Broder, John (September 23, 1992). "Quayle Calls for Pulling Rap Album
Tied to Murder Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2016.  ^ "Young Black Male by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Trapped by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Soulja's Story by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 27, 2016.  ^ "Violent by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Words of Wisdom by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Something Wicked by 2Pac feat. Pee-Wee". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Crooked Ass Nigga by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ " If My Homie Calls
If My Homie Calls
by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Tha Lunatic by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Rebel of the Underground by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Part Time Mutha by 2Pac". WhoSampled. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "American certifications – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.  ^ " Tupac
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Studio albums

2Pacalypse Now Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... Thug Life: Volume 1 Me Against the World All Eyez on Me The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

Posthumous albums

R U Still Down? (Remember Me) Still I Rise Until the End of Time Better Dayz Loyal to the Game Pac's Life

Live albums

2Pac Live Live at the House of Blues

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits The Rose That Grew from Concrete The Prophet: The Best of the Works Nu-Mixx Klazzics Tupac: Resurrection The Rose, Vol. 2 The Prophet Returns Beginnings: The Lost Tapes 1988–1991 Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Nu-Mixx Klazzics
Vol. 2 Best of 2Pac

Related albums

Nothing but Trouble (soundtrack) Sons of the P Juice (soundtrack) Poetic Justice (soundtrack) Above the Rim
Above the Rim
(soundtrack) Gridlock'd
(soundtrack) Gang Related
Gang Related
(soundtrack) A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle

Extended plays

Makaveli & Dillinger Don't Go 2 Sleep


"Brenda's Got a Baby" "If My Homie Calls" "Trapped" "Holler If Ya Hear Me" "I Get Around" "Keep Ya Head Up" "Papa'z Song" "Cradle to the Grave" "Dear Mama" "So Many Tears" "Temptations" "California Love" "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" "How Do U Want It" "All Bout U" "I Ain't Mad at Cha" "Life Goes On" "Toss It Up" "To Live & Die in LA" "Hail Mary" "Wanted Dead or Alive" "Made Niggaz"

Posthumous singles

"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" "Do for Love" "Changes" "Unconditional Love" "Baby Don't Cry ( Keep Ya Head Up
Keep Ya Head Up
II)" "Who Do U Believe In" "Until the End of Time" "Letter 2 My Unborn" "Thugz Mansion" "Still Ballin'" "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" "One Day at a Time (Em's Version)" "Thugs Get Lonely Too" "Ghetto Gospel" "Untouchable" "Pac's Life" "Playa Cardz Right"

Other songs

"I Don't Give a Fuck" "Runnin' (From tha Police)" "Hit 'Em Up" "Are U Still Down" "Panther Power"

Featured singles

"Smile" "Playa Cardz Right"


The Rose That Grew from Concrete


Holler If Ya Hear Me


Nothing but Trouble Juice Poetic Justice Above the Rim Bullet Gridlock'd Gang Related


Biggie & Tupac Tupac: Resurrection Tupac: Assassination


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