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2Pacalypse Now Explicit Lyrics
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2Pacalypse Now [Explicit]
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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A.K.A. his first record, 2Pac was seen more as a gangsta in here. His words made people to believe that he was a menace to society that his music should be banned for the amount of swearing and violence he portrayed. But not even that could stop this album from being a great one: there were also good songs too. Whether it was from the story telling tale of a young girl who got pregnant (Brenda's Got a Baby, which just so happens to be a true story) to the pride in the black nation song (Words of Wisdom), 2Pac couldn't have done it better.
Now 2Pac went through a lot of bad things in his life- grew up with no childhood friends, moved from place to place often, mother was in jail when he was born, mother was part of the Black Panthers, step-father was sentenced to prison etc. And I believe things just couldn't get any worse than what happened to 2Pac. This album kind of overlooks his past life and he takes out his anger on the world for what had happened to him. I Don't Give a F*ck is simply a negative song displaying his political side. In him, I could see a young Chuck-D. He has never been so anti-political in any of his records than 2Pacalypse Now. Crooked Ass Nigga (feat. 2Pac's true homeboy, Stretch) clearly states that he's a man with nothing to lose and Young Black Male writes out the pride of the black nation.Read more ›
Production of the album, composed by Tupac's former group Digital Underground, is not outstanding but provides enough good beats to keep you listening. This album is more lyrically strong and does lack the creativeness that his following albums contain. Although songs "If My Homie Calls" and "Young Black Male" show his lyrical ability at its best, his strong words flowing smoothly with the background beat with no hesitation.
This opinionated, emotional, poetic, political and humorous album shows Tupac's views that eventually vanished on his follow up albums and finally ceased to exist when he signed with the infamous Death Row Records in 1996. Although this album attained sales in a time when the evolution of gangsta rap was in the process, it was not proclaimed an instant classic such as debut albums "Ready To Die" by the Notorious BIG or "Illmatic" by Nas in 1994. Tupac's fame was to rise soon after this release not only by his music, but also his run-ins with the law.
For someone to consider this debut "mediocre" or "disappointing," they must not be able to understand the hip hop climate of the late 80s and early 90s, before The Chronic. Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Ice T etc. all made headlines and splashes with albums that covered the same topics as 2pacalypse. They must also overlook the fact that Brenda's Got A Baby, Violent, Soulja's Story, If My Homie Calls, Trapped and Part Time Mutha might be the largest and best collection of hood stories ever told in rap form all on one album.
If you're looking for the GFunk beats of Chronic or the production on Illmatic and Ready 2 Die, you won't find them here or in any other album in 1991. With that said, how can anyone claim that these tracks don't have tight beats?
This was an incredible album created by a kid at a young age.
Most recent customer reviews
I would like to start by saying that I'm one of the realest 2pac followers in this planet. He's my favorite rapper along with Daz, Krayzie Bone, TQ, Kurupt, Too Short and all those... Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by ShiZniT
there were great albums released in the early 90's and late 80's like Organized Konfusion-self titled and Slick Rick-Great Adventures but this cd compared to those have pretty bad... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by P. Mcmahon
This is yet another great release by 2Pac Shakur it has awesome
underground type Beats and maybe him the best Lyrically that
I have heard yet. Read more
Few expected former Digital Underground member Tupac Amaru Shakur to become hip-hop enemy number one when he made his solo debut with this 1991 album. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004
2Pacaclypse Now, being the West Coast rappers first albums has to be the tightest of all his future records. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by YoungRoscoe
This debut is awesome, this is one of the best cds in the world, so awesome, this is a must have cdPublished on Jan. 24 2004 by BC Chronic smoke 10
2Pac released his debut in the early 90's, released some more albums, all sold well. With that, he was crowned king of the west side. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by MaKKaVeLI tha MC