The Tupac biopic, "All Eyez On Me", directed by Benny Boom, dropped today to commensurate the legacy the iconic rapper. The filma also served as birthday gift to his fans as Pac's birthday is today, June 16th (Pac would have been 46 years old). I'm a die-hard fan and I'm personally nervous about watching the film because I hold a very nostalgic view of Pac that I don't want ruined (even though I don't think that's possible). In previous blog posts, I did publish the trailer video, so I won't go that route today. Instead I'm posting something light-hearted, a little insight on Pac's humorous personality, that I thought you would enjoy. Rest in Paradise Pac.
AmbrosiaForHeads: The nominees for the 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced, and Tupac Shakur leads a list of first time nominees that also includes Pearl Jam, Journey, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, and more. If accepted, Shakur would be the sixth Hip-Hop artist admitted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, joining Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and N.W.A.
20 years ago we lost a special soul, Rapper, Actor, Poet, Revolutionary, ICON, TUPAC SHAKUR. 2Pac is the reason why I even have this blog as his influence on me has given me courage to follow my dreams. Writer Kevin Powell says Tupac is more than a rapper. "When we think about Tupac Shakur ... not just in hip-hop but popular culture, in America and globally, you have to think about Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bob Marley," Powell says. "It's that significant. He is one of the most important figures that we've seen in the last 25 years or so." Powell interviewed Tupac a number of times for Vibe magazine, including while the rapper was serving time in jail for a sexual abuse conviction. When I was very young, I had the opportunity to interview PAC after he performed at a nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. My biggest takeaway from the interview was Tupac didn't see himself as this huge influential figure like the rest of us did. He felt that his life was controlled by the media and the entertainment business. But what he left behind was a body of work that has touched generations of people.
Rolling Stone: The upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me traces the cold reality of the fallen hip-hop forebear, and his rise from poverty to the highest echelon of fame. The film will be released on November 11th, just a couple months after the 20-year anniversary of the icon's assassination on the corner of East Flamingo and Koval in Las Vegas.
My mother says every time she checks out my blog she sees TUPAC! Yes Ma'am! And today's post is dedicated to this rap legend because Pac would have turned 44 today if he wasn't gunned down in Las Vegas over 18 years ago. Pac will always be a dominant feature on this blogspot because in my opinion, he is the #1 Pioneer of Hip Hop. Couple that with the fact that I'm still in mourning over his death. I will never get over 2pac because I'm too in love with his music. Happy Birthday Machiavelli !
As a Hip Hop head, I know you already have BIGGIE's 'Party & Bullshit' in your music catalog. In my opinion, this is Biggie's best song. It epitomizes delivery, BIG's deadly flow, and flawless timing. Believe it or not, this was his first track ever which was released as the fourth promotional single for the soundtrack to the 1993 film 'Who's the Man?'. The irony? ... The best way to describe most of today's music is this song's title. ;-) R.I.P B.I.G. He would have turned 43 today.
HipHopDX writes, "NOISEY has published three handwritten poems written by a teenage Tupac Shakur accompanied by an essay by writer and author of 2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle Jeff Weiss. While the site advertises the poems as previously unreleased, all three poems appeared in a posthumous book release of poetry by the rapper in 1999 called The Rose that Grew from Concrete. Noisey’s article includes images of the handwritten poems that were written between 1989 and 1991."
SUGE KNIGHT says all fingers point to Diddy if TUPAC was actually murdered, but deeply believes that PAC is still alive. What else is still alive? The bad blood between Diddy and Suge, and what Suge calls "Hollywood" rappers. As we see nearly 20 years later, the "Who murdered 2Pac" saga still continues and is one that will never die...until the world, and fans like me get an arrest and the TRUTH of what really happened the night of September 13, 1996. Is there any validity to what Suge Knight is saying in this video? Or is it just mumblings from an ole' fool. You be the judge.
"Our friends at Blank on Blank have returned with a new, unheard, classic Tupac Shakur interview, which they’ve animated for your viewing pleasure. We’ve already shown you their Kurt Cobain interview, and they continue to give 90s pop-culture shine with these illuminating, animated interviews." - elitedaily
Here is another piece to the 'Who killed TUPAC' puzzle. As members of the Hip Hop community, it's up to us to get down to the bottom of this murder. We can't accept "cold cases" in the death of our influential young poets because that would solidify the status quo, that killing one of 'us' is no big deal. And 2Pac's former bodyguard, "Big Frank", the one who was suppose to be guarding Pac the night of his death, may have taken some secrets to his grave.