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