FOR MANY rap and hip hop fans, the release of the highly-anticipated biopic drama of Tupac Shakur, ‘All Eyez On Me’ is reason to celebrate.
The movie chronicles the life and legacy of the prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist, Tupac, including his rise to notoriety, superstar status, his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records.
Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegs on 7 September 1996. He died from his injuries six days later in hospital at the age of 25 and his killers were never caught.
Producer LT Hutton said the movie shows all sides of Shakur, not just what the cameras wanted you to see.
“We needed to know how Tupac became Tupac, who Tupac was, who he wanted to be and who he had to be to survive the world he was introduced to.”
The action-packed scenes and the sight of emotional pain, can only fully be appreciated on the silver screen.
Titled after Tupac’s 1996 fourth studio album of the same name, ‘All Eyez On Me’ the movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac.
The actor has an uncanny resemblance to the late rapper; you couldn’t tell the difference between the two.
The movie also stars Kat Graham (actress Jada Pinkett, a friend of Tupac from the Baltimore School for the Arts), Jamal Woolard (The Notorious B.I.G), Danai Gurira (Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur) and Jarrett Ellis (rapper, Snoop Dogg).
Brace yourself for an emotional, rollercoaster, where you feel the struggle in Tupac’s lyrics, hear the voice behind the music, see the man behind the headlines and understand the man behind the legend.
Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propel ‘All Eyez On Me’.
The movie officially launches in South Africa on June 30 at selected Ster-Kinekor’s.