‘Thugz Lives’ director Sylvester Stallone is likening the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls to the assassinations of the Kennedys. “It’s like the JFK conspiracy to the black culture,” he tells the Chicago Sun-Times. “There has never been an arrest. Why? It’s like taking out the two biggest stars, like Eminem and Harrison Ford, and not one arrest while this happened in front of everyone. It makes you scratch your head and go, ‘Huh?'”
While not his biological father, Tupac Shakur always maintained, in song that Dr. Mutulu Shakur was the one he viewed as his father figure. Mutulu spoke with AllHipHop.com about 2pac and they asked him what 2pac thought he meant to him and what did he learn from him. “He would’ve had to answer that,” Mutulu said. “I think he gained most from my counseling and as well as other positivist I gave him.” Asked how being on the run from the F.B.I. effected the pair, Mutulu responded, “From the very beginning of Tupac’s life, our family has been a target of the Cointelpro. Members of our family were hunted, prosecuted, and murdered just because we struggled for our peoples’ human rights. It’s something he had to adjust to.”
Rap News Direct has scans from the XXL magazine tribute to Tupac Shakur. The magazine features interviews with Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and the Outlawz, an article about the making of ‘Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory’ and much more. Check out the scans here.
JR of the SF Bay View caught up with Tupac Shakur’s brother Mopreme for a Q&A. Asked how he copes with his brother’s death seeing people wearing his shirts and listening to his music on the radio all the time, Mopreme admitted, “Especially with me, I had to develop a tough skin. I got to be reminded of it everyday. If I don’t see a video, I hear a song. They are always playing him on the radio, so it became a form of comfort rather than a form of sadness. At least I know that he is always with me. Niggaz respected him. He went out like a soldier, the way that he wanted to go out. You know, so it just became a form of comfort knowing that his spirit is still here.”
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After appearing on a song together, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Tupac Shakur are now the focus of Born Gangsta — a newly released book on the ever growing “gangsta” rap phenomenon. The 50 and Tupac book isn’t simply documenting two of today’s most worshiped figures, but takes an in depth look at “gangsta” rap and arguably its two most authentic rappers. From the troubled childhood and gunshot wounds to the controversial personas meteorically rising at the top of Billboard, the unauthorized double biography draws a parallel between 50 and Pac’s eerily similar lives.
RollingStone.com reports Tha Row will issue ‘Death Row Presents 2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics’ on October 7th, which will include ten songs.
MVRemix.com caught up with Daz on Monday for a extensive interview, where he talked about Mystikal getting attacked, what’s up with his new deal on So So Def, plans for a new book, his thoughts on who killed Tupac Shakur and Biggee Smalls, what the situation is with Crooked I at Death Row, and more. Asked who he thought killed Pac, Daz responded, “I say Suge Knight’s bitch ass… Who else has got the money and the power to do some sh** like that? Ain’t nobody else in the world feuding but him. If you look at that Biggie & Tupac tape, that’d tell you all. Got that little fat white man in the chair snitching his fu**in’ heart out.” Read more.
SOHH.com has learned of a new young men’s line called ‘Makaveli’ that is currently in production and expected to hit stores before late 2003. The new Makaveli label is the result of a partnership between the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s estate and an as yet undisclosed apparel manufacturer. It will consist of denim, t-shirts, and athletic pieces inspired by Tupac’s poetry and featuring Tupac’s imagery.
Ananova.com reports Sylvester Stallone is working on a film about the deaths of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur provisionally calling ‘Thugz Lives’. “The hip-hop soundtrack would push the story along also,” Stallone revealed. “It’s gonna conjure up memories, because we have to use Tupac, Biggie, you have to use music from that era, and then kind of segue into new stuff, but it’s got to have the feel of stuff from ’97, so it’s more old skool.”
Launch.com reports ‘Biggie & Tupac’ filmmaker Nick Broomfield is urging the public to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Police Chief William Bratton to demand more investigation into links between the unsolved murders of rap greats Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur–the subjects of his documentary.