Today on April 7th, on the day that Tupac Shakur is inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at The Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, the biopic film about the rap star ‘All Eyez On Me’ have aptly unleashed the official trailer for the movie, which unveils more of the trials and tribulations from his life, for those that didn’t already know about all that is 2Pac.
The film which is set for release on the deceased rapper’s birthday this year, on June 16th, 2017, will have his fanbase extremely excited, so let’s take a look at this latest official trailer, shall we?
Tupac is being played by Demetrius Shipp Jr. who was selected through a rigorous casting process and one thing is clear, is that he looks a lot like him. The film will focus on Tupac’s childhood and how he was raised amongst the Black Panther revolutionary mindset, including with his stepfather being Mutulu Shakur, who later advises him in life, after being locked up for his alleged involvement in the Brinks robberies. The film will chronicle his move from New York, to Baltimore, then to Marin City, the “Jungle” in the San Francisco, Bay Area, where he made his first steps into recognised music with the help of Leila Steinberg, after forming the group Strictly Dope. This later saw him join up with the group ‘The Digital Underground’ as a backup dancer on tour, across the world, until he was signed as a solo artist and released his debut album, ‘2Pacalypse Now‘ in 1991.
The film will follow his life’s timeline, showcasing his rise to worldwide fame amidst political opposition to so-called “gangster rap”, his run-ins with authorities and his various legal troubles, whilst a feud was also burgeoning with Bad Boy Records, after suspicions of their involvement in his near assassination at Quad Studios in November of 1994, in New York City. This was seemingly a staged robbery and it definitely played a major part in the resolve of Tupac Shakur, after he was also sent to prison for sexual abuse charges, relating to touching a woman’s buttocks. Wait, does anybody else sense a set-up, here?
After less than a year behind bars, he was bailed out by Marion Suge Knight at Death Row Records, to the tune of over $1 million USD, which is when Tupac also began working on his historic double album, “All Eyez on Me“, which the film is also named after.
What immediately strikes us about the film is the authenticity from the production design to the selected cast, plus this is no doubt the chance for any new information to come to light in the story of Tupac Shakur, with this biopic film now serving as the platform in which to do so.
We will definitely be awaiting the release of this film, which is directed by Benny Boom, about the greatest rap artist of all time and it looks like it definitely is the film to watch out for this summer.
Brainstain, over and out!
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