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2Pacalypse Now [Explicit] Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued

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Provocative 1991 debut from Tupac Shakur. Features 'Brenda's Got A Baby' & 'Soulja's Story'.

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All the elements that made this rap star great are already in place on this authoritative debut, released when he was not even yet of drinking age. "Young Black Male" and "Trapped" exemplify his more overtly political style, later abandoned when he signed up with the Death Row label; "Crooked Ass Nigga" is the kind of violent gangsta-rap tune that made 2Pac a bogeyman to the genre's foes. On "I Don't Give a Fuck," Shakur keeps his humor up while conveying the oppressive reaction a young black male encounters while performing the most mundane of tasks: buying some chips. "Brenda's Got a Baby" is a cautionary tale that shows Shakur at his poetic best: evocative and sympathetic, never condescending. The energetic production by 2Pac's Digital Underground pals is fully focused on unleashing his strengths rather than simply rehashing the successful DU sound. --Gregg Turkington

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Young Black Male [Explicit] 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Trapped [Explicit] 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Soulja's Story [Explicit] 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. I Don't Give A Fuck [Explicit] 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Violent [Explicit] 6:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Words Of Wisdom [Explicit] 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Something Wicked [Explicit] 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Crooked Ass Nigga [Explicit] 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. If My Homie Calls [Explicit] 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Brenda's Got A Baby [Explicit] 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Tha' Lunatic [Explicit] 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Rebel Of The Underground [Explicit] 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Part Time Mutha [Explicit] 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000005Z0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kurupt VINE VOICE on June 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the pac that many people initially fell in love with. All political and less of the gangsta stuff that he never did. Pac spoke out against many things on this album and made a dope solo debut into the hip hop world. This album gives a message, dope lyrics and some decent beats. I love the later releases that pac had, but this one is a little more real due to the subject matter.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Belmot on April 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really don't understand these so called 2Pac fans. I mean don't u hear the same passion & political side on this album that u heard on "Me against the world". Songs like "Trapped" & "Violent" talks about racial profile & police brutally that black males still deal with 10 years after this album was release."If My Homies Calls" can be seen as a pre-"I ain't mad at cha" where Pacs tells his friend no matter what happens 2 u in the future I there for u."Words of wisdom" is a wake up called 2 the black community on not depending on white people & help yourself & each other. "Brenda got a baby" is the song that made Pac known in the rap world but in my opnion the true gem on this album is "Part time mutha..." where pac take the role of a man who had a one night stand with a girl & now he's a father. There a verse my some unknown girl on the song where she take the role as a female who was molested by her father & her mother took his side & blame's her. I don't know if her verse is true but one thing I know she had one of the best guest appreance I ever heard on a pac song. If u looking for the Thug Life & player's theme on this album u ain't gonna find it this was in my opnion(read the poem book in u see why i believe that) the true side of Pac before the rap game switch & u had 2 either be a tough guy or a player 2 be respected in the game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Black Mecca on December 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The theme for 2Pacalypse now is obvious: the Black community. This album definetly should have been given 5 mics on the strength of Pac's subject matter, and his rhymes and flow are also on point, altough sometimes old school. Although NWA gets much praise for Straight Outta Compton, 2pacalypse Now discusses more issues relevant to the Black community. Songs like "Trapped", "Words of Wisdom", and "Violent" describe police brutality, unity, and 2Pac's frustration with the decaying conditions in the Black ghettos. Songs like "Brenda's Got A Baby", and "Part Time Mutha" depict situations pertinent to young Black women in the ghetto and some problems they face such as pre teen pregnancy, and irresponsible young mothers. Pac does a great job of exhibiting his anger with the ever growing problems in the ghettos across America. Great album!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Done on July 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Tupac Shakur's first album "2Pacalypse Now" (1991) marked the public debut of an artist whos name will now forever be associated with Rap. Prior to this release he was a member of a group called "Digital Underground". Back in 91 he was young man wanting to share his views, and all throughout this album he does: whether addressing police brutality, discrimination, poverty, street life and politics. Tupac always delivers alot of emotion in his music, whether it be deep anger,sadness,calmness or happiness . "2Pacalypse Now" has thirteen tracks (55 Minutes long) and is Executive Produced by Atron Gregory and came out on Interscope. Guest appearances come from Shock-G, Strech, and Raw Fusion. No tracks of blatant self promotion, lots of conscientious thought provoking music. Warning for those who know the Tupac of later albums on this one: Tupac's flow is far less developed, and the albums beats are oldschool. His lyrics and ability to convey emotion are solid though. "Young Black Male" starts the album off, a track with 2Pac flowing fast and with several other people talking in background and laughing, you can not help but find this track amateur sounding, all the same I like it. "Trapped" is about being young and black and having to face discrimination, police brutality among other matters, Pacs lyrics on this one had me listening to every word, and I liked the simple chorus of "Naw they cant keep the black man down". "Soulja's Story" is a dark track where Pac talks about you have to be hard to survive. "Violent" has Pac talking about the police and uses a brief sample from Public Enemy's Chuck D. "Words of Wisdom" is a highly political track, which has Pac talking about everything from drugs, the government, the United States and dropping lines like "No Malcolm X in my history text, Why is that?Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Big F on December 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best side of 2Pac: young, aggressive and political. 2Pacalypse Now isn't as finely trimmed as it's follow-up, 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.', but it's violent, intensive and, um, West Coast. Songs like 'Soulja's Story', 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Violent' all take stand on meaningful things like ghetto violence, young mothers and the corruption of the police department in general. 'If My Homie Calls' is so West Coast it puts Cali Love and To Live And Die In L.A. to shame. The production, on the other hand, is very old school. Lots of live instruments and tempo varieties, heavy piano and bass lines. At this time 2Pac's raw lyrics were at their best. All in all, if you're planning on buying a 2Pac album, I sure would recommend either this, 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.' or 'Me Against The World'. Get ready to be shook, though.
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