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#HauteSounds: Everything You Need To Know About The New Tupac Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’

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Earlier this month, a new trailer was released for All Eyez On Me, the biopic that follows the late rapper Tupac’s rise to fame and how he used his voice for all things important to him, from police brutality to racism.

It’s been more than 20 years since Tupac was gunned down, but this film – directed by Benny Boom, and written by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft – might just be one of the most accurate portrayals of the rap genius yet.

Apart from the trailer, here’s what we know about the film so far, ahead of its release on June 16 in the U.S., picked to mark Tupac’s 46th birthday.

  • Everyone from Tupac’s late mother, Afeni Shakur, and pop singer/actor Jada Pinkett, to Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy (aka P. Diddy), and Notorious B.I.G. are portrayed in the film as supporting characters.
  • In the works since 2013, the original director, John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious, Boyz N The Hood), isn’t too happy that his idea for a Tupac biopic was shelved and Benny Boom was favoured instead. He said in an interview that he “wasn’t going to back out gracefully”, so it looks like there’s more drama ahead.
  • Jamal Woolard, who played the titular role in Notorious (2009), is coming back to be a part of All Eyez On Me as Biggie Smalls, in what sounds like a when-universes-collide moment.
  • The other recent rap biopic it won’t have a connection to, though, is 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, which featured a small role for Tupac in the N.W.A. world, where he was played by Marcc Rose.
  • Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr., who plays Tupac, is not just making his on-screen debut, but also has a connection to the late rapper – his father produced the song Toss It Up back in 1996.
  • The latest trailer for the film was released just a day before Tupac was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Snoop Dogg.
  • One of the film’s celebrity fans probably includes Kendrick Lamar, who has always been vocal about Tupac’s influence on him growing up. Kendrick hasn’t aired his thoughts about the movie just yet (he’s likely to wait until the release in June, like the rest of us), but he did pen a moving tribute to Tupac in 2015, on the occasion of his 19th death anniversary.

Anurag is a Bangalore-based music journalist who spends his time looking for great music and rare Pokémon.

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