One of the game’s most celebrated artists drops his debut solo album on this date

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On this day in 1991, iconic emcee, actor, poet, and activist Tupac Amaru Shakur released his first album, 2Pacalypse Now. The LP was pushed by Interscope Records, and produced by his Digital Underground homie Shock G, Raw Fusion, Live Squad and a few others. Recorded entirely in Cali, this album was the project that morphed ‘Pac from a roadie for DU to his own rebellious brand. This was also the album that a young man claimed made him fatally shoot a Texas state trooper, which made law enforcement and even then Vice president Dan Quayle take notice to the spawning of what we know as “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E”.

2Pacalypse Now brought the fans the revolutionary Tupac that was closest to the authentic individual, rather than the entertainer, being that ‘Pac was raised in a household of Black Panthers; therefore, he is a child of the 70’s revolution. Premier songs like “Trapped”, “Brenda’s Got A Baby”, and “When My Homies Call” were reflective of his pro-black foundation, while songs like “The Lunatic” and “I Don’t Give A Fuck” showed that ‘Pac was a fan and student of authentic Hip Hop.


The Source would like to salute the Amaru Foundation, Queen Afeni, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Mopreme, Shock G, Money B, and the entire team at Interscope for bringing us this timeless classic!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)