“You want to be a rapper, hum?” “I want to change the world.” ‘All Eyez on Me’ is a chronicle of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur who rose to become one of the most iconic musicians of his generation who has sold over 75 million records worldwide and earned his spot in history as one of the greatest musical artists of all time before he was killed in a September 1996 drive-by shooting, a murder that remains unsolved to this day.
“Son this ain’t just about you. Like all Black leaders you got a bull’s-eye on your back.” “I ain’t no Black leader.” They Gave Tupac Shakur the Tools He Needed to Destroy Himself in the biopic. The trailer gives both a glimpse at newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as 2Pac and Danai Gurira as his mother, Afeni Shakur. Demetrius Shipp Jr. likeness is striking, you might believe Tupac himself has been resurrected!
“We must not hate those you’ve done wrong to us because as soon as we hate them we become just like them.” ‘All Eyez On Me’ centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist. Rapper, poet, actor and political activist, Tupac shot to fame with 2Pacalypse. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. His increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. Some of Shakur’s most well-known and widely acclaimed songs include “California Love,” “Changes,” “Only God Can Judge Me,” “Hit Em Up” and “Dear Mama.”
“You said and I quote “If they kill me I want the people to know the real story.” On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved. Directed by Benny Boom and written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, with a supporting cast includes: Afeni Shakur, Katerina Graham as actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who grew up with Tupac in Baltimore, Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Dominic L. Santana as Death Row Records founder Suge Knight and Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G., the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic has a theater release date of June 16, 2017, on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.
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