Release date 12 November 1991
|Artist Tupac Shakur|
|Released November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)|
Recorded June 1989 – September 1991
Studio Starlight Sound Studios, Richmond, California
Producer Atron Gregory (exec.) Big D the Impossible Jeremy Live Squad Pee-Wee Raw Fusion Shock G The Underground Railroad
2Pacalypse Now (1991) Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993)
Label Insomniac/Interscope Records
Genres Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Political hip hop, Underground hip hop
Similar Tupac Shakur albums, West Coast hip hop albums
2pac crooked ass nigga 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 it later proceed with his studio album, 2Pacalypse Now, which 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) on April 19, 1995 for sales of 500,000 copies in the United States.
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."
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 25th 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 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.
All lyrics by 2Pac, music compositions listed below.
Young Black Male
Words of Wisdom
Crooked Ass Nigga
If My Homie Calls
Rebel of the Underground
Part Time Mutha
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