Movies and shows have been made about the life and death of rapper Tupac Shakur. But a new documentary has the slain artist telling the story in his own words. A video clip, featuring highlights from the documentary, including comments from 50 Cent, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Snoop Dogg has since been removed from WB11.
Afeni Shakur’s desire to let her son Tupac Shakur do the talking on ‘Tupac: Resurrection’ fit nicely with the creative vision director Lauren Lazin had for the project. “I’ve always wanted to do something different — that wasn’t Behind the Music, that wasn’t an E! True Hollywood Story,” Lazin told Rolling Stone at the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “A kind of filmmaking that was told entirely from the subject’s point of view. There’s no narrator in the film, no experts, no interviews with other people. It’s all him.”
One of Tupac Shakur’s closest friends, Snoop Dogg, tells Radio 1 he believes Tupac was a genius. “He always had a different style, he always came from the heart so you would feel his music no matter what situation, what label, what type of music, you would always feel the words he was saying,” Snoop said. “When he spoke it you knew it was real, you knew it wasn’t somebody just rapping about it; it was somebody who really lived it who was actually going through it and could really tell you about it. It made people really want to tune into him because he was so likeable, because his style was fun but at the same time he was dealing with some real situations.”
Jack Mathews of The New York Daily News reviewed ‘Tupac Shakur: Resurrection’, giving it 3 stars. He writes, “In the end, his is less a story of redemption and love than of tragic waste. Shakur had a brilliant mind whose contradictory experiences – growing up in poverty and simultaneously studying dance, theater, literature and art at grant schools in Harlem and Baltimore – made him proud to be both refined and a thug.”
Ed Gonzalez of slant magazine reviewed the new Tupac Shakur documentary ‘Tupac: Resurrection’, giving it 3 out of 4 stars. He writes, “[Director Lauren] Lazin and her editors have essentially made Tupac’s life as accessible as possible for the so-called MTV generation, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it reconnects a Tupac fan with his or her lost messiah.” Read more.
Tupac Shakur’s mother, former Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur, the keeper of her son’s legacy, tells USA Today the past seven years “have been extremely painful, watching and listening while others incorrectly attempted to define who my son really was.” She says she’s not trying to change her son’s image with a documentary movie and best-selling book, “but I have an obligation to let him tell his story even if he is not here physically. The end result is in God’s hands.” Read more.
The New York Daily News reports that Eminem recently told a fried regarding Tupac Shakur, “The day he died, the world kinda stopped.” Eminem has contributed to the ‘Tupac: Resurrection’ documenary soundtrack. “I remember buying my first Tupac album at 17,” he said. “I think honestly that Tupac was the greatest songwriter that ever lived… I never had the chance to meet him because I wasn’t up on the ladder yet, but I remembered hearing the news of his death while I worked as a cook in a Detroit restaurant, and will never forget the feeling.” Shakur died at 25 in September 1996. His murder remains unsolved.
Rebecca Louie of The New York Daily News profiled the posthumous career of Tupac Shakur ahead of ‘Tupac: Resurrection’, the documentary on the legendary rapper opening on Friday. “Today’s rappers still have to compete with Tupac,” says Mimi Valdes, editor in chief of Vibe magazine. “He’s released a new album almost every year, and they are all incredible. It makes you think, ‘He is way more talented than we ever got to see. Imagine what he could have done if he had lived.’ When people realized that he had all of that material, he got respect. It made him even bigger in death.”
Ratethemusic.com reports Vivica A. Fox’s romance with 50 Cent has helped her cope with the loss of her good friend Tupac Shakur, because she recognizes the rap legend’s spirit in 50. She says, “50 said, ‘I want them to love me like they loved ‘Pac.’ He got that thang. He got that whole crossover – he’s colorless to people now and that’s hard.” Fox was actually with Shakur at the Mike Tyson fight hours before he was shot.