Launch.com spoke with Cam’ron who revealed his plans on using Tupac Shakur’s ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridaz’ for his ‘Leave Me Alone’ release on his upcoming album, ‘Come Home With Me’, which is due to drop May 14. “Like over here, that’s like the biggest Tupac record of all time, you know what I’m saying. And I always loved the beat, and I’m a big fan of ‘Pac. I felt like right now I’m making a comeback sorta like he did. And I just wanted to use the beat, and thought it was hot,” he said.
Mark Brown of the Rocky Mountain News reviewed the Randall Sullivan book ‘Labyrinth’, which chronicles the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Calling it flawed, Brown wasn’t totally negative on the book giving it a B- grade: “For all its failures, ‘Labyrinth’ is still a fascinating read. The personalities, the double-crossing, the East Coast/West Coast rap feud, the blatant police corruption and the utter lawlessness that engulfed the era is hardly dull. Death Row, in effect, ran its own mini-police force, made up of off-duty LAPD cops who were there for the beatings, the murders and the drugs. They didn’t just turn a blind eye to it — instead, they got in on the action.”
MuchMusic reports Violetta Wallace, mother of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G., is apparently in the process of filing one of the biggest wrongful death suits in the history of the U.S. against the L.A. Police Department. The lawsuit is reportedly alledging that the department played a role in her son’s murder, where Wallace has linked a former police officer named David Mack in conspiring with his friend Amir Muhammed to murder Biggie. In addition, Mack was in charge of Death Row Records security around the time of the murder, which plays into the Bad Boy rivalry angle that had the hit being a retaliation to Tupac Shakur’s murder.
Davey D was dropped a line by QD3 to discuss his upcoming documentary about Tupac Shakur to be released next month. QD3 said of the DVD, “This film is the second best thing to meeting Pac as it was produced by close friends of Pac such as myself QD3, Tracy Robinson and Leila Steinberg who Pac lived with for 4 years who also managed him.” As for specifics, he said, “The DVD contains over 70 minutes of never before seen Pac footage that is not to be missed. Very personal footage including studio sessions as well as frestyles and plenty of interviews. Even footage of Biggie and Tupac before the fued.” Read more.
Chart Attack reports Tupac Shakur will be subject of a April 2 release of Thug Angel: The Life And Times Of Tupac Shakur, a DVD that will likely chronicle the life and times of Tupac Shakur. Much of the tape is unreleased footage of Tupac on a project Pac himself started before he was murdered. The April 2 release will also be following by another release in May that will not only include the DVD, but a CD that it will be a “tribute featuring friends and family.”
The news section of Death Row Records Official site reports a new double CD of Tupac Shakur is being worked on and that it is set for an early 2002 release, meaning we should get a release date pretty soon.
Double murderer O.J. Simpson talked to reporters before a hip-hop concert he was to host, which was canceled early Monday after only 100 people showed up, where he revealed Tupac Shakur inspired him into being a rap music fan. Simpson said, “He was singing about having these crazy things happening around him, and I could relate to that.”
Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake is due to hit shelves Tuesday, January 15, 2002 in a documentary depicting the events of that final year of Tupac Shakur’s life, depicted by a man who was there through it all, Tupac’s personal bodyguard Frank Alexander. Loads of never-before-seen footage, including recording sessions of “Until the End of Time.” His bodyguard tells Muchmusic, “I was with Tupac in the last year of his life and the night he was shot in Las Vegas. I want people to know what really happened. The film shows that.” You can pick up the DVD for only $10.89 at CD Universe.
Associated Press reports Tupac Shakur will be subject of an MTV documentary outlining his life before he was tragically murdered at the age of 25 in 1996. 2ac’s mother Afeni Shakur said of the plan, “The past five years have been extremely painful watching and listening while others incorrectly attempted to define who my son really was. Now, through patience, the strength of my family, and faith in God, the true story of Tupac will finally be shared with the world.” No word yet when the show will air.
SepiaTone Entertainment is releasing “Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake,” a documentary on the life and murder of the greatest selling rap artist of all time, Tupac Shakur. The video is distributed by Xenon Pictures and is scheduled to hit stores on January 15th, 2002. Amongst those commenting on the video are Rev. Jesse Jackson, Russell Simmons, and the late Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright.