Today’s Rap Flashback features the late, Tupac Shakur’s major label debut, 2Pacalypse Now. Released 25 years ago today, album was overtly political in nature, though with Tupac’s customary hardcore edge. It featured hit singles, “Brenda’s Got A Baby”, “Trapped”, & “If My Homies Call”. My favorite track on the record is “Part Time Mutha”, a brutally honest song that borrows from the Stevie Wonder classic, “Part Time Lover”, and explores the issues of deadbeat parenting.
Though 2Pacalypse Now wasn’t as commercially successful as his later works, it did achieve Gold certification in 1995. More importantly, it introduced the masses to the cultural phenom that Tupac would become. Additionally, the album’s content largely focuses on deeply rooted social issues that are still as relevant today as they were a quarter century ago. Such topics include but are not limited to racism, the effects of poverty on inner-city youth, black on black crime, and police brutality. Even in early recording days, Tupac always had a penchant for creating timeless music. 2Pacalypse Now is a prime example of just that.