2Pac
2Pacalypse Now


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mungo USER (8 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2008 | 22 replies | 16,003 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the 2pac you're used to hearing.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

For a lot of people, 2pac is one of the greatest mcs of all time. 2pacalypse Now was his debut album that showed what he would he eventually become. That is, a legend not only in Hip Hop, but also in music.

Before 2pac was signed to Death Row and did nothing but praise the gangsta lifestyle, he was more into commentary about the struggles in his neighborhood. His music felt more of a release therapy and had a hostile rebellion feel throughout the whole album. This album was more of a mini Public Enemy soundtrack than the All Eyez On Me 2pac that people are used to today.

The album starts out strong with "Young Black Male" where 2pac raps a little faster than usual and mainly talks *** but from more of a young black male's perspective. The usual money and women smack but with a sense of humor and a nice flow that 2pac probably should've used a little more often. The next song had a nice music video to promote which was "Trapped." This is basically a commentary of the thoughts of a young black man and his struggles with the police. It's like a smoothed out story version of N.W.A.'s "*** Tha Police."

Throughout the album, 2pac uses more humorous punch lines in his rhymes and they all come out clear to ear with success. He was just trying to gain an audience with this album showing his point of view but not being overly dramatic.

There is only one really other key track of this album that everyone that was aware of 2pac knew about and that was "Brenda's Got A Baby." It's a story of early pregnancy and the struggle to keep it. If you haven't heard this song yet, I recommend you go to youtube and check out the music video because it's a sad song but has a message to it that no rapper even tries to put in their songs today.

While this album is not perfect, it does have a lot of replay value so you won't regret spending your money on a non classic 2pac album. The only real flaws of this album is that there is about 2 songs that are clearly filler and 2pac does come off as a little corny at times. But hey, we're not all perfect at what we do and this album shows the evolution of one of our generation's last great poets.

Overall, this is not the 2pac that people are used to hearing and it is sure to surprise a lot of new coming fans. This is not a bad album and it is highly recommended that you listen to this at least once because it really shows how versatile 2pac really was



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combustion07
June 10th 2008



5303 Comments


I like this album.

SHOOTME
June 10th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is alright.

scyther
February 25th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are some songs on here that everybody needs to listen to...

Trapped
Soulja's Story
Words of Wisdom
Something Wicked
Brenda's Got A Baby
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natey
October 18th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

YOUNG BLACK MALE

KILL
November 12th 2009



67082 Comments


damn good album

hieroglyphics
July 23rd 2010



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A classic in my opinion. Shows how amazing Tupac is, peace

MUNGOLOID
July 23rd 2010



4267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album doesn't even come close to showing off how amazing 2pac really was. this was really just a warm up for him.

BigHans
July 23rd 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not his best by any means.

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 16th 2010



565 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Production is horrible, very little of anything on this is redeeming

MUNGOLOID
December 16th 2010



4267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

production ain't that bad. the bass on Violent owns.

random
May 14th 2011



2243 Comments


Brenda's Got A Baby almost brought tears to my eyes.

666Micrograms
November 11th 2012



923 Comments


"I DONT GIVE A FUCK!" best line ever. Seriously though, maybe its because I'm a middle-class, white, suburban Canadian
living in the hellish grips of winter, but I can't relate to his music in the slightest. And not in the fun Eazy-E kind of way
either.

JinThaMC
February 27th 2013



35 Comments


worst 2pac

Inveigh
March 12th 2013



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, didn't expect to see this much hate in the thread

I think this is arguably a top 3 record in his discog...

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Hawks
March 12th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need this one.

Inveigh
March 12th 2013



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude you definitely do

Hawks
March 20th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is really good.

LambsBread
October 5th 2013



2330 Comments


What up cuz? they don't even know what 2pac first album was

Fozzie
November 2nd 2013



280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is genuine 2pac and my favorite album by him.

Brenda's Got A Baby is great storytelling by 2pac. The lyrics aren't overly complicated but they get your attention and make you think.

The production is the downer of this album. Most of the beats are average.

The album is still relevant today.

bach
March 23rd 2014



11167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hear Brenda's got a baby
But Brenda's barely got a brain
A damn shame, the girl can hardly spell her name
That's not our problem, that's up to Brenda's family
Well let me show you how it affects our whole community
Now Brenda never really knew her moms
And her dad was a junkie putting death into his arms
It's sad, cause I bet Brenda doesn't even know
Just cause you're in the ghetto doesn't mean you can't grow
But oh, that's a thought, my own revelation
Do whatever it takes to resist the temptation
Brenda got herself a boyfriend
Her boyfriend was her cousin, now let's watch the joy end
She tried to hide her pregnancy, from her family
Who didn't really care to see, or give a damn if she
Went out and had a church of kids
As long as when the check came they got first dibs
Now Brenda's belly is getting bigger
But no one seems to notice any change in her figure
She's twelve years old and she's having a baby
In love with a molester, who's sexing her crazy
And yet and she thinks that he'll be with her forever
And dreams of a world where the two of them are together, whatever
He left her and she had the baby solo
She had it on the bathroom floor and didn't know so
She didn't know, what to throw away and what to keep
She wrapped the baby up and threw him in a trash heap
I guess she thought she'd get away, wouldn't hear the cries
She didn't realize how much the the little baby had her eyes
Now the baby's in the trash heap bawling
Momma can't help her, but it hurts to hear her calling
Brenda wants to run away
Momma say, you making me lose pay
The social workers here everyday
Now Brenda's gotta make her own way
Can't go to her family, they won't let her stay
No money no babysitter, she couldn't keep a job
She tried to sell crack but end up getting robbed
So now what's next, there ain't nothing left to sell
So she sees sex as a way of leaving hell
It's paying the rent, so she really can't complain
Prostitute, found slain and Brenda's her name, she's got a baby

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