2Pacalypse Now

2Pacalypse Now

by 2Pac2Pac


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When 2Pac's full-length debut, 2Pacalypse Now, came out in 1991, it didn't have the same immediate impact, didn't instantly throw him into the upper echelons of rap's elite, as Nas', Jay-Z's, or even his biggest rival, Notorious B.I.G.'s did, but the album certainly set him up for his illustrious and sadly short-lived career. Part of its initial problem, what held it back from extensive radio play, is that there's not an obvious single. The closest thing to it, and what ended up being the best-known track from 2Pacalypse Now, is "Brenda's Got a Baby," which discusses teenage pregnancy in true Pac fashion, sympathetically explaining a situation without condoning it, but it doesn't even have a hook, and most of the other pieces follow suit, more poetry than song. The album is significantly more political than the rapper's subsequent releases, showing an intelligent, talented, and angry young man (he was only 20 when it came out) who wanted desperately to express and reveal the problems in the urban black community, from racism to police brutality to the seemingly near impossibility of escaping from the ghetto. He pays tribute to artists like KRS-One, N.W.A, and Public Enemy, all of whom he also considered to be provoking discussion and reaction, but he also has cleanly carved out an image for himself: articulate and smart, not overtly boastful, and concerned about societal problems, both small and large (and though he discusses these less and less as career progresses, he never leaves them behind). Yes, the edges of 2Pacalypse Now can be a bit rough, yes the beats aren't always outstanding, and yes, the MC's flow can be a little choppy, even for him, but it's still a great look at what 2Pac could offer, and a must-have for any fan of his, or hip-hop in general.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0012414163325
catalogNumber: 41633
Rank: 6640

Album Credits

Performance Credits

2Pac   Primary Artist
Stretch   Rap
DJ Fuze   Background Vocals
Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden   Background Vocals
Shock-G   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mac-Mone   Background Vocals
Money-B   Background Vocals
Piano-Man   Keyboards
Mike Cooley   Voices
Ray Love   Background Vocals
Angelique   Background Vocals
Didi   Background Vocals
Ydnni   Background Vocals
Pogo   Voices

Technical Credits

Raw Fusion   Producer
Jeremy   Producer
Live Squad   Producer
2Pac   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Steve Counter   Engineer
Ramone "Pee Wee" Gooden   Producer
Darrin Harris   Engineer
Shock-G   Producer
Matt Kelley   Engineer
C. Miller   Composer
Mark Senasac   Engineer
Wiz   Contributor
Greg Jacobs   Composer
Atron Gregory   Executive Producer
Kevin Hosmann   Art Direction
Dan K   Contributor
Big D the Impossible   Producer
Underground Railroad   Producer
S. Allen   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
D.W. Evans   Composer
Steven Jordan   Composer

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