It’s September 7th, 2017, now some days ago we watched the biopic film All Eyez On Me again and whilst it has its minor flaws and untruths (to be expected) as any such biopic film would have, in terms of needing to progress a storyline and fit within a remit of a paced screenplay, by merging events into scenes that didn’t happen at those exact times and without nitpicking the film into oblivion, we have to say that we enjoyed watching it.
It sure helped to tell the greater story of everything in more detail than with the film Notorious about Biggie’s side of events which featured one of the worst biopic roles ever seen representing Tupac, where as Tupac’s brief cameo in Straight Outta Compton was a welcome teaser of All Eyez On Me, all be it, with a different actor.
Out all those films, we must say that All Eyez On Me was by far superior, perhaps since it tells the story of the greatest artist in recent times and it highlights his rise, his resistance from authorities and the dark forces from within the government and through the heavily surveillanced Hip-Hop and Rap music industry at the time, due to 2Pac making the genre crossover into the mega mainstream without selling out or cowering to political pressure or even succumbing to attempts on his life. This is no news to us and frankly nor was the film, but what was nice, was to see the film presented in an aesthetic which was believable for a newbie i.e. somebody without a clue about Tupac Shakur and the struggles he really faced.
Demetrius Shipp Jr. is astounding as Tupac Amaru Shakur in All Eyez on Me and he never missed a beat, from his varying hairstyles on part of the production design department, where he went from New Jack to Baltimore, to Oakland 90s hipster style in the Jungle of Marin county, his acting from his expressions from a smile, to his glaring stares and animated nature, Shipp Jr. is as believable as the real Tupac, as the real Tupac is a joy to watch. He nailed every hand movement, every hand gesture to every lyric and he captured the essence of Tupac Shakur in so many ways.
It was nice to get a little Hollywood attention onto certain parts of his life, although most of it was imagined and always not so accurate, it helped to make Tupac grow fonder in our hearts, once again. For example, we would never have seen anything similar if it weren’t from the film, about Tupac’s relationship with Kidada Jones and it was nice for other people to realise the stitching up of Tupac by undercover operatives and sell-outs in NYC.
Another stand out performance in the film is from Dominic L. Santana who plays Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records and his performance is convincing and also electrifying at times, capturing the essence of Suge, all be it, they still portrayed him as a super villain, when it’s well known that Tupac and him had a good relationship, despite what we’ve been led to believe with their falling out over Tupac wish to leave and do his own thing after he did his three album deal. Yes, there’s been those ludicrous suggestions that Suge had something to do with Tupac’s shooting in Las Vegas, which is just a wonderful Macguffin.
Suge Knight favoured Tupac and this upset people like Snoop Dogg, after a little while, but to ignore the signs of Bad Boy’s collusion with an establishment agenda in the film to alter the face of rap, goes to show just what they were up against, both Suge and Tupac. However, they’re and both were clever and astute people and it’s clear that Tupac had personal reasons for his anger and frustrations after his shooting at Quad Studios in 1994 in NYC, plus ending up spending time in jail for a sexual abuse charge, at the hands of a seemingly colluded night club owner and fakester gangster in cahoots with some evil force, yes, Jacques Agnant aka Hatian Jack, definitely set him up. Tupac was set up. Then Agnant got a separate trial and he never did any time (double agent), whilst Tupac ends up spending 8 months in jail, until he’s bailed out by Suge Knight. Talk about injustice and Suge Knight coming to his aide. i.e. “Never Had a Friend Like Me”.
Yes truly, it’s a long story, too long to get into. And plus, while the ending of All Eyez On Me was a disappointment, there’s so much more to the story than meets the eye and there’s so much more inside the story than the film even scrapes the surface of…
Let’s say this, both Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur were smart men, clever and definitely the greatest in their roles in the history of rap music, hands down. So to think that somebody would want them both dead is highly plausible, as is evidenced by the shooting on Koval Lane, 21 years ago today, the shots which sent Tupac to the hospital bed in Las Vegas, where he laid until Afeni Shakur decided to turn off his life support.
Which also is reminiscent of Euphanasia, which was to be Tupac’s new venture in management, production of films and TV, and as you see above in the photo, he’s wearing the chain from the logo of Euphanasia, the derivative word of Euthanasia, where Tupac got the name from, is of course, as you know, when someone decides to pull the plug on a life or can even be referred to as an assisted suicide.
So, it does leave a lot to the imagination and all we can say is Rest in Peace 2Pac and that we also remember you everyday. You’re the greatest to ever do it, but after all of his troubles, was there enough trickery and just cause, and known factors enabling people to mastermind an escape route? People may laugh and scoff at that and that’s good, but since we don’t want to give anything away, all we can say is that the ending to All Eyez On Me, was of course going to be the most predictable and dubiously incorrectly factual part of the film, and the greatest disappointment of all. However, what else would you expect? Benny Boom did a good job directing that film though, props go out to him!
But, that’s the sad textbook ending. And, now we play you out with some standard Tupac, since why play you something that you’ve never ever heard before? Bay Area style now. Enjoy!
Brainstain, over and out!
21 Years today was that fateful night in Las Vegas. R.I.P 2Pac…
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“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception” – Niccolo Machiavelli
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Here’s yet another new TV Doc called Snapped: Notorious Tupac Shakur showing on Oxygen on this September 10th, below!