2Pac, 2Pacalypse Now (1991)
2Pac had some excellent LPs in his short but legendary life, but his debut album isn't widely considered the gem in his catalog. Most fans point to later works when naming his best album, whether it's his double disc All Eyez On Me or Makaveli.
But one thing's for certain, Pac got America's attention with his socially conscious first single, "Brenda's Got A Baby," and the other social and political content on the album. It's an underground effort, and has been praised by rappers such as Nas and Eminem, but it would take his next album Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z.to drop, with the crossover hits "Keep Ya Head Up" and "I Get Around," for Pac to become a household name.
Overall, this album showed only a fraction of Pac's greatness, and lacked in the hit records department. By the mid-90's, he found his groove, and was making albums jam packed with mega-songs, while still appealing to his hardcore underground and gangster following.