So this is cool, Lets hope this film actually gets made and that the person they cast for 2Pac is good. The fact that Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s Mother) is one of the executive producers and Singleton is directing should really make for a well told Story.
For those of you who think that Tupac was just some “dumb rapper” or “Gangster” or “Thug” or a “convict” you are sadly mistaken. Not only was Tupac one of the most talented rappers to ever pick up a microphone, he was very intelligent and has a really moving story . From his often rough upbringing, his mother’s political views and affiliations , to his controversial statements and acts of violence at times Tupac remained an immensely talented rapper, Actor,poet and visionary .
In 1970, his mother, Afeni Shakur, was arrested along with 20 other New York Black Panther Party activists on bombing charges. The Black Panther Party ideology advocated armed self-defense against white violence, and many Panthers carried guns and had planned or attempted targeted bombings. Afeni Shakur, serving as her own defense lawyer, still won acquittal in the spring of 1971, a minor miracle. A month after her release, her son was born. She named him Tupac Amaru after an 18th-century Peruvian indigenous activist who had led an uprising against Spanish conquistadors.
Check out 2PACS song “Dear Mama” as a small example of how he felt about his mother and what kind of artist he was. Tupac had the brilliant ability to really make you feel a certain way about real life situations and circumstances that were part of the of his and our world. More so than other rappers Tupac was known for being able to accomplish this through his music and art. He was definitely outspoken and controversial and often contradictory at times.
Pac was MURDERED in LAS VEGAS in a drive by shooting while driving in a BMW with then label executive and owner of death row records Marion “Suge” Knight. The shooting and murder of 2pac has yet to be solved.
For me personally, Tupac was like the John Lennon of Hip Hop Music. His music and his art spoke to me. He had a consistent type of an underdog spirit that he carried with him. His Good side and bad side were so visible through his behavior and through his art, you could easily see the struggle he carried with him. I always managed to have faith that he would conquer any demons that came his way and become as successful as he wished to be. Pac always felt he would die young at predicted that he would be killed early in his life. Tupac died on Friday September the 13th . If you’re not familiar with 2pacs poetry Check out some of his collection from the book “The Rose That Grew from Concrete”.
Pac was shot five times in an incident in a new york recording studio in an attempted robbery gone bad in 1993 and survived. He had many other brushes with the law and even did some jail time for a very controversial case in which he was convicted of sexual assault. He brought this woman to his hotel room after the visiting a club, after falling asleep , his friends and security allegedly assaulted the woman, (The same woman who performed oral sex on 2pac earlier at the night club on the stage or dance floor) . The others involved in the case all got probation, Tupac was sentenced to 1.5 to 4.5 years to be used as an example . All people who were close to pac believed him to be innocent. After being released from prison and signed to death row records, Tupac STAYED in the recording studio and recorded and released “All eyez on me” His most successful selling album while he was alive. Its was during this time that tupac recorded a majority of the muisc for his posthumous albums. 2pac’s work ethic regarding music and recording was unmatched. 2pac released 7 albums after his death.
If you’re interested in 2pacs music you can download his Greatest Hits Album Here
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to “Tupac,” with John Singleton on board to direct.
The pic will be produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Producers are James G. Robinson, David Robinson, L.T. Hutton, Randall Emmett, George Furla and John Singleton. Executive producers are Afeni Shakur, Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson.
Written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and John Singleton, the biopic chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his wrongful imprisonment and prolific time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war.
The pic is expected to begin shooting this summer with casting under way.