Sonicnet talked with Nas about the video for ‘Got Ur Self A …’ which will include created scenes from the shooting deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Nas said, “I love hip-hop, and they died for hip-hop. And I just wanted to represent their love for hip-hop by re-enacting the scenes the last time we saw them. … A lot of other artists were ripping them off, and I just wanted to pay homage to those brothers in a big way. I didn’t want nobody to forget about them, the originators.”
Despite his not so recent death, Tupac Shakur has remained a hot search on the internet, no doubt helped by the mysterious nature of the murder. For the month of September on seach engine Overture.com, searches for ‘2pac’ eclipsed 61,000 while Tupac and Tupac Shakur got around 66,000 more. Layered in the usual lyric and MP3 searches are searches for death related speculation and the infamous autopsy photo.
Launch.com talked to Outlawz member Kastro about the group’s upcoming remix of “World Wide Mob Figgaz” which will include never before seen footage of Tupac Shakur. As for hooking up with 2pac, Kastro says, “Basically we came together…I am Pac’s cousin, you know what I mean? Me and him grew up together.”
Anti-rap activist C Delores Tucker lost her bid to sue news magazines Time and Newsweek that she claimed mischaracterized her dispute with the estate of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, as the two magazine’s said Tupac’s lyrics “iced [her and her husband’s] sex life.”
Suge Knight tells Phatmag.com he still has eight albums of 2pac material yet to unleash revealing, “With all the Tupac stuff, we got all the different sides of him. The conscious ‘Pac, the thugged out ‘Pac and the more reflective, laid back ‘Pac.”
The Boston Globe’s Renee Graham reviewed the new book Michael Eric Dyson that profiles the life and accomplishments of 2pac.
Graham says, “At its best, ‘Holler If You Hear Me’ not only analyzes the conflicted workings of a young man gone too soon, but considers how Shakur’s life and spirit, in ways both good and bad, continue to challenge popular culture and inform the world he left behind.”
The mother of the late Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur,has filed a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against rapper Daz Dillinger and his DPG Records for the label’s planned, Makaveli & Dillinger: Don’t Go 2 Sleep. DPG was gearing up to release the EP, which is said to feature previously unreleased songs by Shakur and Dillinger, this Dec. 25.