Within the last couple of months we have seen numerous documentaries and biopics regarding Hip-Hop’s shining stars; Christopher “Biggie Smalls aka Notorious BIG” Wallace, and Tupac Amaru Shakur. Bad Boy Records CEO Sean Combs aka “Diddy” released the documentary Cant Stop Won’t Stop that was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film includes performances from the original Bad Boy Record roster that includes Faith Evans, Mase, Diddy, and Lil Kim.
With the new All Eyez On Me biopic set to premiere in theaters June 16th which would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday, it looks like the documentary and biopics show no signs of slowing down. Nevertheless, All Eyez On Me will not be the last film we will see about the late Tupac Shakur. According to Complex.com Steve McQueen the director of 12 Years of Slave has been announced as the director the Tupac documentary. The deal was solidified by Shakur estate trustee Tom Whalley, and Amaru Entertainment which was founded by 2Pac’s mother Afeni to release various projects.
There is no doubt that Tupac’s legacy is still felt today and celebrated not only in the hip-hop world but universally. Tragically gunned down in Las Vegas at the tender age of 25 in his short time he has left his imprint on this world musically and politically. He also became the first solo hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. He always said that he might not be able to change the world but he will spark the mind that will, and boy was he right.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” he said. “I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”- Steve McQueen.