About Trapped

"Trapped" is the solo debut single by 2Pac from his debut album 2Pacalypse Now. It deals with police brutality. The first verse tells a story of 2Pac being harassed by the police, one even shooting at him. He then fires back and says he did it because he was tired of constantly being profiled and abused by police officers. The song samples "Holy Ghost" by Bar-Kays and "The Spank" by James Brown. "Trapped" was featured on 2Pac's Greatest Hits album in 1998.


 Struggling with Trapped? Become a better singer in 30 days with these videos!

You know they got me trapped in this prison of seclusion
Happiness, living on tha streets is a delusion
Even a smooth criminal one day must get caught
Shot up or shot down with tha bullet that he bought
Nine millimeter kickin' thinking about what tha streets do to me
Cause they never talk peace in tha black community
All we know is violence, do tha job in silence
Walk tha city streets like a rat pack of tyrants
Too many brothers daily heading for tha big penn
Niggas commin' out worse offthan when they went in
Over tha years I done a lot of growin' up
Getten drunk thrown' up
Cuffed up
Then I said I had enough
There must be another route, way out
To money and fame, I changed my name
And played a different game
Tired of being trapped in this vicious cycle
If one more cop harassed me I just might go psycho
And when I gettem
I'll hittem with tha bum rush
Only a lunatic would like to see his skull crushed
Yo, if your smart you'll really let me go 'G'
But keep me cooped up in this ghetto and catch tha uzi
They got me trapped....

(Uh uh, they can't keep tha black man down)
They got me trapped
(Naw, they can't keep tha black man down)
(Uh uh, they can't keep tha black man down)
(Naw, they can't keep tha black man down)

They got me trapped
Can barely walk tha city streets
Without a cop harassing me, searching me
Then asking my identity
Hands up, throw me up against tha wall
Didn't do a thing at all
I'm tellen you one day these suckers gotta fall
Cuffed up throw me on tha concrete
Coppers try to kill me
But they didn't know this was tha wrong street
Bang bang, down another

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer


Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many to have been one of the best rappers of all time. Shakur was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City but relocated to California in 1988. more »

27 fans


Lyrics © Red Brick Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

10 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Trapped" is a song performed by global hip-hop icon 2Pac, also known as Tupac Shakur, who was lauded for his ability to discuss contemporary social issues in his lyrics.
Album Information
It is the third single and second track from his debut studio album entitled, "2Pacalypse Now", which was released in November 1991.
Theme and Content
The song discusses racial profiling, police harassment and system bias in America, reflecting real-life experience of African Americans during that period.
Music Video
The music video for "Trapped" features actor Bill Bellamy and rapper Ice-T. It showcases a scenario where Tupac was harassed by the police.
Chart Success
Despite its heavy social commentary, the song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 49 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Critical Acclaim
"Trapped" is often celebrated for its political and social consciousness, and is seen as an example of 2Pac's early lyrical talents.
The album "2Pacalypse Now", which features "Trapped", ignited significant controversy due to its explicit lyrics about violence and social issues, leading to various attempts to get it banned from stores.
Cultural Impact
Its lyrics are still relevant today, as they stimulate conversations about police brutality, racial profiling, and social inequity.
Familiar Voices
The song features Shock G, also known as Humpty Hump, of the Digital Underground, who sings the chorus.
"Trapped" motivated a slew of artists after Tupac to create music with a social or political message, establishing a legacy in the hip-hop community.

Discuss the Trapped Lyrics with the community:



    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


    "Trapped Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 13 Apr. 2024. <>.

    Missing lyrics by 2Pac?

    Know any other songs by 2Pac? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video


    35,994     477



    Are you a music master?

    Who wrote a number of songs for their debut album about love and break ups?
    A Ava Max
    B Anne Marie
    C Olivia Rodrigo
    D John Legend

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    2Pac tracks

    On Radio Right Now


    Powered by

    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!

    Movies soundtrack