Mutulu was caught in 1986 and eventually imprisoned for the 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored truck in which two police officers and a guard were killed.
Shakur developed a close friendship with Jada Pinkett (later Jada Pinkett Smith) that lasted until his death.
The album's name is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
2Pacalypse Now generated significant controversy for numerous reasons.
The songs "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got a Baby" were widely noted for their poetic qualities but also offered strong critiques of unjust social policies.
Dan Quayle criticized the album after a Texas youth's defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its theme of police brutality before shooting a state trooper.
It is considered one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time.
The song was later released as the lead song of the Digital Underground extended play (EP) This Is an EP Release, the follow-up to their debut hit album Sex Packets. After his rap debut, he performed with Digital Underground again on the album Sons of the P. In November 1991, Shakur released his debut solo album, 2Pacalypse Now.He set him up as a roadie and backup dancer with the hip hop group Digital Underground in 1990.Before using his first name as his rap name, Shakur went by the alias MC New York when starting his career in Baltimore.He said, "I started out saying I was down for the young black male, you know, and that was gonna be my thang," Shakur said. It is Shakur's tenth-biggest selling album, with 1,366,000 units moved as of 2004."I just wanted to rap about things that affected young black males. The album did better than its predecessor both critically and commercially, debuting at number 24 on the Billboard 200. In late 1993, Shakur formed the group Thug Life with a number of his friends, including Big Syke (Tyruss Himes), Macadoshis (Diron Rivers), his stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, and the Rated R (Walter Burns).
His stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, spent four years at large on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning in 1982.