2Pac – “2Pacalypse Now” Album Anniversary
2Pac released his first studio album “2Pacalypse Now” on November 12th, 1991. The album was produced mainly by Shock G and Big D The Impossible. The album was the least successful album in the 2Pac discography, but it remains the starting point of one of the greatest rappers in Hip Hop history!
The album starts off with the songs, “Young Black Male” and the single “Trapped” were 2Pac reminds us about how living in the inner-city is an everyday struggle with,
“You know they got me trapped in this prison of seclusion
Happiness, living on tha streets is a delusion
Even a smooth criminal one day must get caught
Shot up or shot down with tha bullet that he bought
Nine millimeter kickin’ thinking about what tha streets do to me
Cause they never talk peace in tha black community”
The struggles continue on, “Soulja’s Story wher he says,
“Crack done took a part of my family tree
My mom is on the shit, my daddy’s splittin, mom is steady blamin me
Is it my fault, just cause I’m a young black male?
Cops sweat me as if my destiny is makin crack sales”
We see 2Pac’s softer side on “Brenda’s Got A Baby” where he raps about a girl that is pregnant with her cousin’s baby that eventually throws away in the trash, only to continue a life of crime and eventually found dead. The other stand out track is “If The Homies Call” where he reminds not to get him confused with the happy-funk-lovin Digital Underground when he spits,
“And though I been around clowning with the Underground
I’m still down with my homies from the hometown
And if you need, need anything at all
I drop it all for y’all, if my homies call”
It’s not his best album, but it served as a reminder that what was to come would get better as the years go by!