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2Pacalypse Now
2Pacalypse Now
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
 
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 styl...  more »

      
   
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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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Betsy P. (Gundergeek) from COTTAGE GROVE, MN
Reviewed on 1/3/2015...
Track 1: Young Black Male
Track 2: Trapped
Track 3: Soulja's Story
Track 4: I Don't Give A Fuck
Track 5: Violent
Track 6: Words Of Wisdom
Track 7: Something Wicked
Track 8: Crooked Ass Nigga
Track 9: If My Homie Calls
Track 10: Brenda's Got A Baby
Track 11: Tha' Lunatic
Track 12: Rebel Of The Undergound
Track 13: Part Time Mutha
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Very underated album
Maxim Belmot | Brooklyn, N.Y. | 04/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Purely political. less gangsta
Kurupt | chicago | 06/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."