The 10 Essential Hip-Hop Albums

#8 – 2 Pac – 2Pacalypse Now

2 Pac 2Pacalypse Now

2Pac slammed his way into the scene in 1991 with 2Pacalypse Now, which stands out even from his diverse discography despite less polished production compared to his later albums. His most overtly political work, addressing contemporary social issues of the day, the future icon sounds off on police brutality and teen pregnancy. While failing to achieve the sustained commercial success of 2Pac’s later work, 2Pacalypse Now showcases his political convictions and his rarely equaled lyrical dexterity.

Essential Tracks: “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” “If My Homie Calls,” “Trapped”