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"Brenda's Got a Baby"
Brenda's Got a Baby
Single by 2Pac from the album "2Pacalypse Now"

Released

October 20, 1991

Format

12-inch single

Recorded

1991

Genre(s)

Conscious hip hop, West Coast hip hop

Length

3:55

Label

Interscope

Songwriter(s)

Tupac Shakur, D. Evans

Producer(s)

Deion "Big D" Evans, The Underground Railroad

"Brenda's Got a Baby" is the solo debut single by Tupac Shakur Though "Trapped" was released 4 weeks before. It is the tenth track from his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. The song, which features R&B singer Dave Hollister, is about a 12-year-old girl named Brenda who lives in a ghetto and has a baby she can't support. The song explores the issue of teen pregnancy and its effect on young mothers and their families. Like many of Shakur's songs, "Brenda's Got a Baby" draws from the plight of the impoverished. Using Brenda to represent young mothers in general, Shakur criticises the low level of support from the baby's father, the government, and society in general. Shakur wrote the song when he read a newspaper article about a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant by her cousin and threw the baby into a trash compactor.
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