2Pacalypse Now
2Pacalypse Now
Studio album by 2Pac


12 November 1991


June - September 1991 at Starlight Sound Studios in Richmond, California


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, political hip hop, conscious hip hop




Interscope, Atlantic Records


Big D the Impossible, Atron Gregory (exec.), Jeremy, Pee-Wee, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Stretch, The Underground Railroad

2Pac chronology


Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... (1993)

2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by American rapper Tupac Shakur, released in 1991 on Interscope Records. The album was recorded while Shakur was a member of the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, and thus features production and appearances from Digital Underground members Shock G, Money-B, DJ Fuze and Pee-Wee.

Though less polished than his later studio albums, 2Pacalypse Now is Shakur's most overtly political work. In it, he address social issues surrounding American society, such as racism, police brutality, poverty, and teenage pregnancy. 2Pac generated significant controversy after a Texas youth claimed he was led to shoot a state trooper after listening to the album. Then-U.S. Vice President Dan 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 #64 on the Billboard 200, and #13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. "Brenda's Got a Baby" was its only charting single. The album has sold 1,350,000 copies as of 2019.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Young Black Male" 2Pac Allen, Brown, Clinton, Dickerson, Evans, Jordan, Miller, Oskar, Scott, Shakur Big D the Impossible 2:35
2. "Trapped" 2Pac Gooden, Tyson, Shakur The Underground Railroad 4:44
3. "Soulja's Story" 2Pac Evans, Hayes, Shakur Big D the Impossible 5:05
4. "I Don't Give a Fuck" 2Pac, Pee-Wee Gooden, Shakur Pee-Wee 4:20
5. "Violent" 2Pac Brooks, Elliot, Parker, Shakur Raw Fusion 6:25
6. "Words of Wisdom" 2Pac Hancock, Jacobs, Shakur Shock G 4:54
7. "Something Wicked" 2Pac Jackson, Shakur Jeremy 2:28
8. "Crooked Ass Nigga" 2Pac, Stretch Shakur, Walker Stretch 4:17
9. "If My Homie Calls" 2Pac Christian, Evans, Hancock, Shakur Big D the Impossible 4:18
10. "Brenda's Got a Baby" 2Pac Evans, Shakur The Underground Railroad 3:55
11. "Tha' Lunatic" 2Pac, Stretch Banks, Clinton, Jacobs, Shakur Shock G 3:29
12. "Rebel of the Underground" 2Pac Evans, Shakur, Tyson Shock G 3:17
13. "Part Time Mutha" 2Pac, Poppi Evans, Shakur, Wonder Big D the Impossible 5:14


  • Track 2 features background vocals performed by Shock G, and additional vocals on the outro performed by Playa-Playa, Dank Wiz and 2Pac.
  • Track 4 features telephone voices performed by Mickey Cooley, Rooney Cooley and Pogo.
  • Track 5 features background vocals performed by Money-B, DJ Fuze, Mac Mone and 2Pac.
  • Track 7 features background vocals performed by Pee-Wee.
  • Track 8 features keyboards performed by The Piano Man.
  • Track 9 features vocals performed by Dave Hollister and Roniece.
  • Track 12 features background vocals performed by Ray Luv, Yonni, Di Di and Shock G.
  • Track 13 features background vocals performed by Angelique.


  • Engineer: Darrin Harris, Steve Counter, Marc Senasac, Matt Kelley
  • Mastered by: Kenneth K. Lee, Jr.
  • A&R Direction: Tom Whalley
  • Project Coordinator: Leslie Gerald-Smith
  • Art Direction: Kevin Design Hosmann
  • Photography: Victor Hall
  • Photographic Prints; David Provost

Album liner notesEdit

Thank U 2 God, Afeni Shakur And the whole Shakur Tribe. Uncle Tom and the whole Cox-Lesane Family, the Fula Family, The Cooleys, The Jungle, Oaktown, Richtown, Jada and family, BSA, the New Afrikan Family, Mouse and Family and Peace 2 those forgotten. The Underground is here.

Fuck all Police, Skinheads, Nazi whatever!!

Thanks 2 Digital Underground, Raw Fusion, Bad Company, Live Squad, Big Deon and the Evans Family, Digital D and Naughty By Nature.

Extra love to Shock-G (a real Nigga)

Thanks 2 TNT Recordings and Management (Lisa, Suzi and Sleuth)

Thanks 2 Interscope Records
Jimmy Iovine
Lori Earl
Steve Berman
Lisa Brown
Leslie Gerard Smith
Special thanks to Ted Field and Tom Whalley for believing in me.
Last but not least thanks to The Group and The Steve Rifkind Co. for their help and support.

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