|Release Date||November 12, 1991|
|Recorded||June – September 1991 at Starlight Sound Studios|
|Producer||Atron Gregory, Big D the Impossible, Jeremy, Live Squad, Raw Fusion, Shock G, Underground Railroad|
|Next||Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993)|
2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by Tupac Shakur, released on November 12, 1991.
2Pacalypse Now is hailed by many critics and fans for its underground feel, with many rappers such as Nas, Eminem, Game, and Talib Kweli having pointed to it as a source for inspiration.
Although the album was originally released on Interscope Records, the rights of it are now owned by Amaru Entertainment, founded by Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur. The album's name is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
The album generated significant controversy stemming from then-U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's public criticism after a youth in Texas shot a state trooper and his defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its strong theme of police brutality. Quayle made the statement, "There's no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society."
The record never achieved the same success as many of 2Pac's later albums owing in part to rough construction and sometimes repetitive beats, but it was important in showcasing 2Pac's political conviction and his focus on lyrical prowess. On MTV's Greatest Rappers of All Time list, 2Pacalypse Now was listed as one of 2Pac's "certified classic" albums, along with Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
2Pacalypse Now can be found in the Vinyl Countdown and in the instruction manual for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas along with the track "I Don't Give a Fuck" which appeared on the in-game radio station, Radio Los Santos.