Here’s a New Teaser for Tupac Biopic All Eyez On Me

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of a seminal moment in Rap history: the passing of Tupac Shakur. Like the events of 9/11, which we just acknowledged on its own 15 year anniversary two days ago, ‘Pac’s death and the murder of Biggie a year later, were transformative events for a culture. Nothing was the same after that and you would be hard pressed to come up with an occurrence that stands as such a turning point for so many people.

This morning, Benny Boom, director of the upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, took to Instagram to share a new extended teaser for the film. I mentioned before that I did not have high expectations for this movie, but these new scenes have further reassured me. It’s just a trailer, and those can be notoriously deceptive in their editing, but this really does look like it’s going to be good.

Watch below.

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Here’s a Trailer for the Tupac Biopic All Eyez On Me

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Don’t think for a second that the success of Straight Outta Compton isn’t gonna spawn 100 shitty rapper biopics, because it definitely is. I was extremely skeptical that this Tupac flick was going to be any good when they announced it so soon after the N.W.A film’s run and then said they were gonna have Gravy reprise his role as Biggie. The fact that Afeni was heavily involved before her untimely passing last month, and the very capable Benny Boom was directing, still didn’t convince me. All that said, this trailer does not look horrible and I am now cautiously optimistic.

Tupac would have turned 45 today. All Eyez On Me arrives in theaters on November 11th.

Previously: 2 Pac Speaks on the Quad Shooting from Rikers Island

Next Up: Astro

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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New artists and styles come and go with each passing year. That new wave you thought was poppin’ just six months ago has already been replaced by a new sound (or something rehashed). Producers have become the hit-makers and rarely does an act or group claim the attention of hip-hop’s audience for very long. It’s the reality of the music business these days and in the age of the Internet rapper there’s so much to pay attention to.

It ain’t like it used to be. And at least one rapper kind of wishes it was. Actually, we know thousands of rappers and fans who wish hip-hop would go back to the good ol’ days but we typically think of those people as old. Well, here’s a twist. What if one of those people was born after hip-hop’s Golden Age? That’s Astro.

The 18-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t even alive before some of his favorite albums were released but that isn’t stopping him from finding what he likes. That same Internet that has clouded the airwaves of hip-hop is simultaneously responsible for educating younger fans who thirst for that old fashioned quality. It’s evident in his music too. Dissatisfied with what was available to him during the time he became a rapper, Astro went back in time and found something he loved.

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Suge Knight Still Insists That 2Pac is Alive

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Suge is back on his ‘Pac’s still alive shit.

“If he was dead, they’d be arresting those dudes for murder”

Oh well when you put it like that, it seems legit.

Previously: Suge Says He Thinks ‘Pac is Alive

Mister Cee’s Throwback @Noon 2Pac Tribute Mix

Friday, September 13th, 2013

For today’s Throwback at Noon, Cee paid tribute to ‘Pac on this 17th anniversary of his passing.

Previously: Mister Cee’s “Back On The Box” Mix | Mixtape Memories: 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts

Kendrick Lamar Talks to Erykah Badu for Interview Magazine

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Erykah Badu recently spoke to Kendrick Lamar over the phone during a layover of his in Denver, CO for a piece in Interview Magazine.

Kendrick talks about Compton, making music and being able to turn a negative into a positive.

BADU: You called yourself “Compton’s human sacrifice” on m.A.A.d city. What have you done in your life to make you feel that way?

LAMAR: Probably one of the hardest things to do was to actually do something positive coming from that space. It was so easy for me to dabble in everything else that my homeboys was doing, just being in the middle of the fire. So I felt like that was the sacrifice—for me to come out of that and do something positive. The moment I made that decision to get in the studio and actually work and study the culture of hip-hop, then everything just started to open up and blossom for me.

Kendrick also retells the story of seeing Dr. Dre & ‘Pac shooting “California Love” in a Bentley in Compton 15 years before he met Dre professionally and goes on to give his own top 10-11 MCs list. Read more here.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar & Steve Aoki Interview w/ Karmaloop TV (Video)

Video: Allen Hughes on Beef with Tupac

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Filmmaker Allen Hughes visits Sway in the Morning to plug his new flick Broken City and goes deep into his relationship and subsequent falling out with Tupac. He talks about the first time he met ‘Pac and how he saw a change in the rapper’s personality after they attended an advance screening of the movie Juice.

He also shares how their relationship began to deteriorate after a verbal confrontation on the set of Menace II Society, an event that would ultimately lead to ‘Pac rolling on Hughes at a Spice 1 video shoot with “12 or 13” Crips.

It should probably be noted that the version of events Hughes gives here conflicts somewhat with what he told VIBE back in 2009 when he stated that “Tupac didn’t lay a hand on me”. Nevertheless, he does go out of his way to say that his beef with ‘Pac wasn’t ever really about anything, and that he still has great respect for him as an artist and cultural icon.

Previously: Tupac Gets Himself in Trouble on Yo! MTV Raps (VH1 Rock Doc Teaser)

Video: Tupac Once Smoked Weed in 1st Class

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

O.N.I.F.C.S.W.

Ben Baller gives Jack Thriller his life story, from guarding Steve Nash in college to icing out Dr. Phil. He says his greatest memory of Pac was waking up next to him on a plane to find him fogging up 1st class. Fucking classic.

Previously: Ben Baller Makes a Benz Chain for Pusha T | Mike Tyson Talks About the Night Tupac Was Shot | The Outlawz Really Smoked 2Pac’s Ashes

Video: Prodigy Talks Beef with Tupac

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

P explains how the “New York, New York” and “L.A., L.A.” videos helped spark the Mobb Deep beef with Tupac. Then he talks about how “Hit ‘Em Up” was one of the first ‘Pac songs he actually liked because at the time neither he nor anybody in his crew really fucked with ‘Pac’s music. Which is more in line with how I remember the 90’s in New York, as opposed to the myth some New Yorkers will try to sell you about how they always fucked with ‘Pac. With the exception of a couple of singles, I don’t recall ‘Pac getting any real signifigant love in the Apple prior to the Makavelli album.

Previously: Why Prodigy Doesn’t Rock Jordans

Video: Lil Cease Talks Tupac w/ ThisisBooBoo

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Cease and Jack Thriller talk about the bad old days of the Biggie/’Pac conflcit. He speaks on whether or not he thinks ‘Pac really smashed Faith, how he felt when he heard his name in “Hit ‘Em Up” and gives his account of the infamous shooting at Quad Studios.

Previously: Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty, Faces Life