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Allen Hughes Shows us a Never Seen Before Side of Tupac’s Relationship With His Mother

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Tupac Shakur and Allen Hughes, Photo Credit Courtesy of Atron Gregory
Tupac Shakur and Allen Hughes, Photo Credit Courtesy of Atron Gregory

After coming to terms with the ghosts from the past Allen Hughes takes us on an emotional rollercoaster with the five-part FX docuseries Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur. The director sheds light on the raw personal moments of Tupac’s life and explores the legend’s relationship with his mother Afeni Shakur.

After 26 years of his death, his legacy is alive and well so is there anything new left to be said about Pac? Allen Hughes gives us a resounding “yes” to this question giving us the five-part FX docuseries Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur

But who is Hughes? What does he believe we are missing for truly understanding the rap giant? Why do you make a documentary series about a guy, who once assaulted you with a pipe? Let’s get to it?

Who is Allen Hughes?

One of those guys you can’t really put in a box. The Detroit-born filmmaker and producer along with his twin brother Albert Hughes made a debut with “Menace II Society” in 1993, which they co-wrote and co-directed.

In the following years, the Hughes Brothers really made some waves in the industry with: “Dead Presidents” in 1995, an acclaimed project exploring themes of race and identity, “From Hell” (2001), starring Johnny Depp, and the post-apocalyptic action peace “The Book of Eli” (2010) starring Denzel Washington.

Allen recently explored some solo projects with “The Defiant Ones” (2017) – a docuseries following the careers of Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre.

Allen Hughes is no stranger to directing music videos either, which brings us into…

The relationship between Allen Hughes and Tupac

“I met him (Tupac) at [a San Francisco restaurant] with Digital Underground. We were there for our first paying job. I remember being blown away by this kid at the end of the table. He was so funny and—here’s the overused word with him—so charismatic.” said Allen in an interview with The Ringer.

A friendship between the two hungry young talents shortly formed and Allen went to direct three of Pac’s music videos: ”Trapped”, “Brenda’s Got a Baby“, and “If My Homie Calls“. 

The young rapper even starred in “Menace II Society” and this is when things got south.

The fallout between the two

Long story short there were some rumors flying about the possibility of Pac being kicked out of the film. The rapper didn’t take that kindly and allegedly assaulted the Hughes brothers.

Shakur was found guilty of assault and battery charges. The NY rapper was sentenced to 15 days in jail, and 30 months of probation, which Pac just decided not to do. The follow-up was the judge extending the sentence to 120 days of jail time. However, the bail was paid and Pac was clear.

Why did Allen Hughes create Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur?

Following the previous story seems like the odd thing to do, right? Allen himself certainly thinks so, saying in The Rich Eisen Show: 

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it at first” but quickly followed with “but then I realized I don’t understand him how I wanted to understand Tupac and also releasing that I was raised by a single mother on welfare who was a feminist… and I related to that.”

Allen Hughes firmly believes that the idea of who Pac was is distorted through time. Hughes notes that the people he deems “Not true fans” tend to look at Pac only as his Death Row version. 

Allen makes a bold statement with his work on the series. His thesis is basically that If we really want to conceptualize who Tupac Shakur really was we have to look at the most influential figure in his life and career – his mother Afeni Shakur.

So who is his “Dear Mama”?

A political activist, a philanthropist, a rebel, a muse. And so much more.

Born Alice Faye Williams on January 10 in Lumberton, North Carolina, she faced the harsh realities of violence and injustice from a young age with her abusive father. She moved with her mother and sister to NY where Afeni joined Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. 

Afeni Shakur

The young lady soon became interested in political activism and joined Black Panthers after hearing a speech by Bobby Seale in 1968. Afeni was one of the accused members of the party for planning the bombing of various buildings in New York city in 1969. 

Afeni passed in 2016 but her very soul lives on in the discography of her son.

What do we learn from “Dear Mama” by Tupac?

Hughes shows us an intimate and visceral side of Tupac and his relationship with his mother. “I knew I would discover him through her,” Allen notes. “What made Tupac so great was everything she gave him: good, bad, and ugly,” he adds

The director strives for context in the series by unveiling what his mother fought for and endured rather than giving us definite conclusions about her role in Pac’s life. Putting personal issues aside, Allen masterfully directs us through the journey of discovery. Not only about Pac and Afeni but also about our own figures of influence and social issues still relevant in today’s zeitgeist.

Tupac Is Finally Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Tupac Is Finally Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame
Tupac Is Finally Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tupac Shakur received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a mere few days before what would’ve been Pac’s 52nd birthday.


 
Skakur’s sister Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur accepted the star on behalf of the family. The emotions were, naturally, overwhelming for Sekyiwa, who started to shed tears upon reminiscing of the thought of how 2Pac himself would’ve reacted if presented with this great honor. She also went on to add that ever since a very young age Tupac dreamed of the day, in which he’d find his name next to those of all other inspirational artists. Seth was so engulfed in her emotions that she needed to take short breaks before continuing with her speech.


 
This is a historic day for all Tupac fans around the world, whilst the entire thing could’ve happened years ago. The organizers revealed that the decision to honor Pac with a star was made 10 years ago but the family of the rapper had to decide on the exact date.
 
Shakur’s star is the 2758th on the Walk of Fame. His legendary life and career were cut tragically short after being gunned down in 1996, at the age of only 25 years. We could only imagine the speech that Tupac would’ve produced, had he been alive to witness the moment himself.

His music career spanned five years, during which he managed to sell a whopping 75 million records worldwide. This includes the record-breaking “All Eyez On Me” album, part of which was evergreen hip-hot hits like ”2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted”, “California Love (Remix),” “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and “How Do U Want It.”

Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Pac also had a short acting career, taking part in some movie productions, such as “Poetic Justice”, “Gang Related”, „Juice”, and “Above the Rim”.


Tupac’s Biological Father Billy Garland Opens Up On How He Felt After The ”Dear Mama” Track

Tupac Shakur’s biological father, Billy Garland, opened up on his true feeling about being dissed in his son’s famous “Dear Mama” track. It’s well documented that Pac never really acknowledged Garland as his true father, even going as far as proclaiming that Garland had passed away in the song. The hit continues to be one of 2Pac’s most emblematic and beloved tracks of all time, which makes Billy’s admissions even more interesting – more than 25 years after the death of Pac.

Garland gave an interview for the Art of Dialogue Youtube channel, admitting that he felt hurt at first, after listening to the song. Shakur’s biological father, however, went on the add that he soon realized someone had brutally lied about his persona. Billy points out the fact that Pac claims he was dead in his lyrics, which clearly didn’t turn out to be the case. Nowadays, Garland has no bad feelings towards his son, stating that he listens to Tupac’s records on a daily basis and is a massive fan of all of his work. Seeing as Shakur is his son, Billy also said that he doesn’t look up to Pac’s persona in the way that many of his other followers do.

Dear Mama Lyrics

Now ain’t nobody tell us it was fair
No love from my daddy cause the coward wasn’t there
He passed away and I didn’t cry, cause my anger
wouldn’t let me feel for a stranger
They say I’m wrong and I’m heartless, but all along
I was lookin for a father he was gone

2Pac’s dad continued to reveal that the last movie Pac ever watched was Forest Gump, which left the icon quite excited. Although Shakur had the urge to sometimes move away from the spotlight, Garland thinks that Pac always got caught up in the need to be an active part of society, which ultimately led to his untimely demise.

Even though Tupac himself felt Mutulu Shakur was his real father, history will always remember the name of Billy Garland, for good or for bad. We could only imagine how Garland and Pac’s relationship would’ve matured had the rapper not been tragically murdered.

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic Masters Limited Edition Releases

On May 20, 1993, Dr. Dre’s single “Fuck wit Dre Day” began its explosion. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Chronic album, Interscope Records proudly present The Chronic Masters – a slow-burn series of limited edition releases honoring the timeless legacy of this classic.

Kicking off on June 1, 2023, at 12pm PST and 3pm EST, The Chronic Masters will feature exclusive drops throughout the year that pay homage to the legendary work of Dr. Dre.

Fans and collectors alike are invited to join us on this journey as we revisit one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates and don’t miss your chance to own a piece of music history. Visit thechronicmasters.interscope.com

THE CHRONIC SESSION TAPES

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic Session Tapes are an important part of hip-hop and popular culture history and we have preserved them in collectable form with this set of 1:1 scale fine-art reproductions. The boxes included in this set feature the singles and classics that defined an era. Each print is hand-numbered, chop-marked and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Dr. Dre Chronic Session Tapes
Dr. Dre Chronic Session Tapes
Songs on this Session Tape:
G – Thang
Old Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
Fuck With Dre Day
Songs on this Session Tape:
Let Me Ride
Little Getto Boy
Chronic
Songs on this Session Tape:
Bitches Ain’t Shit

THE CHRONIC SKATEBOARDS

Archival Pigment Print Transfer on Cold Pressed Steep Natural Skate Deck.

This full-color skateboard features a black-stained top and the official Chronic Masters logo.

Includes Certificate of Authenticity.

DL: If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley

If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley Side A
If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley Side A

If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley

A1. Public Enemy - Party for your Right to Fight (Retail)
A2. Public Enemy - Party for your Right to Fight (Black Wax Metromixx)
A3. 2Pac - If my Homie calls (Retail)
A4. 2Pac - If my Homie calls (Radio Mix)
A5. 2Pac - If my Homie calls (Turbo R&B Mix)
A6. 2Pac - If my Homie calls (Turbo Street Mix)

A7. Unknown Female R&B RAP - Fund your living
A8. Unknown Female R&B RAP - Fund your living (Remix)

B1. Unknown Male R&B - Let me be the One
B2. Unknown Male R&B - Let me be the One (Remix)
B3. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers - Good Time (Retail)
B4. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers - Good Time (Beasley Metromix)
B5. Whitney Houston - I'm your Baby tonight (Retail)
B6. Whitney Houston - I'm your Baby tonight (Remix)

If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley Side B
If My Homie Calls (Rnb & Street Mix) Cassette Tape Prod. By Greg Beasley Side B

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DL: DJ Cochise – Makaveli 2 The Remix Album – Volume 8 (COC 522) (US) [FLAC]

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Cochise - Makaveli 2 The Remix Album - Volume 8
Cochise - Makaveli 2 The Remix Album - Volume 8

1999 Cochise Line mix show - DJ Cochise presents the Makaveli Remix Album produced and remixed by DJ Cochise!

  1. 2 Pac Master Mix
  2. When We Ride On Our Enemy (Bounce Mix)
  3. Will There Ever Be Peace (Bass Line Mix)
  4. Now Whatcha Gonna Do (Dangerous Mix)
  5. Words To My First Born (Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See Mix)
  6. Who Do You Believe In? (Luv 2 Luv U Mix)
  7. Little Homies (Pistol Grip Pump Mix)
  8. 96 Big Bodies Sittin' On Chrome (More Bounce Mix)
  9. Military State Of Mind (Atomic Dog Mix)
  10. What's Next? (Flex Mix)
  11. Tear Drops (You Make Me Wanna Mix)
  12. Wendy Williams Diss (Rapper Dapper Snapper Mix)
  13. There'll Never Be Peace! (Independence Day Mix)
  14. It's Over Mix

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DL Book: From Friends to Enemies as Told by Dexter Isaac

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From Friends to Enemies as Told by Dexter Isaac
From Friends to Enemies as Told by Dexter Isaac

Brooklyn prisoner named Dexter Isaac, currently serving a life sentence for other crimes – a man has admitted to shooting Tupac Shakur in 1994 after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond inside Manhattan’s Quad Studios in November of 1994.

Dexter Isaac, a former friend of Rosemond, is an inmate currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery, and other offenses.

Dexter Isaac - 2Pac's shooter in 1994
Dexter Isaac - 2Pac's shooter in 1994

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Tupac To Be Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Tupac To Be Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

2Pac undoubtedly managed to give an incredible lot to the music scene, leaving a plethora of hit songs for many generations to enjoy. The topics he would rap about also presented the black community at the time with the hope of a better present and a more fruitful future. More than 25 years after his death, Pac is set to receive yet another posthumous reward for his talent and commitment to fight against social injustice.

The representatives of The Hollywood Walk Of Fame announced that Shakur’s name will be ingrained on the famous street, alongside names of over 2700 artists and musicians. The ceremony will go through on Wednesday, the 7th of June from 10:30 AM and will be streamed live exclusively at walkofffame.com so all Tupac faithful will certainly be around to witness the historical moment. The star will be allocated in the Recording category.

The unveiling of the star will be honored by film producer Allen Hughes, who is the man behind the tv series “Dear Mama: The Saga of Tupac and Afeni Shakur”, which is currently being broadcasted and is attracting lots of attention over the last few weeks. The other guest speaker will be Jamal Joseph, Sekiywa Shakur, Pac’s sister, will be the one to receive the star on behalf of the rap legend.

The annotation includes some of Tupac’s greatest-ever musical hits, as well as the number of records sold worldwide and his introduction in 2017 into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. Last but not least, Pac’s career as an actor also receives a shout.

Shakur’s legacy can hardly be matched by many other rappers in history and the impact his tracks had on the industry and society as a whole speak volumes of his genius. It’s hard to imagine just how much of an anticipated moment this will be for all Pac lovers.

Nine Facts About Tupac New Fans Not Know

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Tupac Shakur is a musical legend with many incredible stories. The legendary rapper might have left this world in 1996, but he is still one of the most revered rappers in the world. His genius transcends his time and has continued influencing the culture and game. We believe Tupac was one of a kind. 

Although his rap career is one of the most focused on parts of his life, the legend has other areas that showed a different side to the acclaimed thug life. In that case, we’ve highlighted some facts about Tupac Shakur that you might not know as you learn more about the rap legend. 

The devastating news of Tupac’s death has left a big hole in the world of rap. Many fans are still looking for closure. But, even if you’re not a rap fan and only focus on sports and sports betting activities, Tupac is someone you would have heard about. He is a beacon for the black community. 

Tupac Was Born in the East, not the West

One of Tupac’s powerful stories was his participation in the East and West Coast rivalry, but many people don’t know that Pac was born in East Harlem. However, he ended up repping the West Coast and is considered a legend in WC. Although he eventually moved to California, 2Pac will always be remembered on the West Coast. 

Tupac Studied Shakespeare

This fact might shock, but before 2Pac became an influential rapper, he studied the renowned English writer Williams Shakespeare. However uncanny this might seem, we can see how Shakespeare would have inspired Shakur, given how well he could command flows and word rhymes at an incredible level. 

He Was Part of the Digital Underground Group

Before Tupac became a famous rapper and released his first album, he was part of the Digital Underground hip-hop group as an MC and backup dancer. He did multiple gigs with the group, but eventually, he set out on his own to become a top rapper, and in his short life, he achieved many things. 

Biggie and Tupac Were Friends

Before the massive beef between the two greats at the time, Tupac and Biggie were friends. The duo later became main agents in the East-West Coasts rivalry. The falling out began when Tupac was ambushed and shot inside the lobby of a recording studio in Manhattan’s Times Square in 1994. From there, it was an all-out war between one-time friends. 

2Pacalypse Now Changed Tupac’s Career

Many fans might not remember much about Tupac’s early career, especially his first album. However, the release of 2Pacalypse changed the trajectory of Pac’s career. Even though it wasn’t a smashing hit, it showed he had what it took to become a top rapper. From there, he was on a roll and continued to create magic. 

Tupac Starred in an American Crime Drama

Aside from being a superstar rapper, Tupac also had his stint in Hollywood. He appeared in many TV shows and movies during his life. However, one that stood out was the 1992 American Crime Drama, Juice which saw Pac play a troubled teen who turns into a murderous sociopath. His incredible acting skills earned him more gigs in Hollywood. 

More Tupac Albums Have Been Released Since His Death

Tupac has 11 platinum albums, but seven were released after his death. The rapper has sold over 75 million records worldwide, but unfortunately, most of these numbers came after he died. It shows that he was ahead of his time and would have been even more significant if he had been alive for a long time. 

Tupac’s Performance at the 2012 Coachella

This fact might sound untrue or like one of the many conspiracies of how Tupac is still alive, but in reality, Tupac’s hologram performed alongside Snoop Dogg in 2012 at Coachella. Technology lets fans enjoy another incredible performance from one of the greatest MCs ever to grace the stage, even though he’s been gone for almost three decades. 

His Role in the East and West Coast Rivalry

Everyone can agree that Pac played a massive role in the battle that went down between the West and East Coast. Despite being born in the East, 2Pac repped the West and became a legend. He created the Thug Life Crew, masterminded the Hit ‘Em Up hit, and many more moments. His role in the rivalry was undoubtedly huge, alongside Biggie for the East Coast.

Tupac and Jada Pinkett Smith: The Never-Ending Story

Jada Pinkett Smith & Tupac
Jada Pinkett Smith & Tupac

The story of Tupac and Jada Pinkett Smith has always made the news, even though Pac has been gone since 1996, and Jada is currently married to Will Smith. Many fans believe both parties had a deep connection that would have blossomed if things had changed. Although we can’t say what would’ve happened, the stories don’t seem to be going anywhere. 

Everyone who follows celebrity news, even those more focused on sports celebrities as they try to make some money from sports betting and other related activities, can testify to the stories surrounding Tupac and Jada. It is not news that Jada and Will have had some rocky moments in their marriage, and they’ve been propellants for multiple news. 

Jada Pinkett Smith is sharing a never-before-seen poem ‘Lost Soulz‘ from Tupac Shakur

As fans of Tupac, dissociating the legend from these kinds of news is one of the main priorities, but it has been difficult because his names get into the mix once the troubles of the Will and Jada marriage get out. The Breakfast Club show hasn’t been helpful as well because of the interviews and other gossip. 

It’s been years since Tupac died, and the legend’s name remains in the Hall of Fame. His legacy transcends music and the rap community. He was a beacon, but the stories haven’t been helpful to the Tupac brand. Every fan wants people to focus on the other areas of the legend and talk about his discography. 

In a recent interview with Jaden Smith, another story from the Tupac and Jada situation has popped up, and it has been one of the many talking points for different shows. We’ve seen many opinions as they look to create a discussion around the revelation made by Jaden and what it means to the story. 

In that case, join us as we explore the never-ending story between Jada and Tupac. Finally, we look to end the controversy and move on from the situation. It is almost three decades since we lost Tupac, and we would love to focus on the legendary moments created by the superstar in his short but fulfilling life.

The Tupac and Jada Story

The Tupac and Jada story has been told many times. So even if you’re not part of the culture or don’t follow celebrity news, you will likely know plenty about this story.

Jada and Tupac were allegedly an item in the 80s and 90s, as much evidence points towards a relationship between the two celebrities. Tupac was a ladies’ magnet, and many of the female genders wanted to have a relationship with him, but Jada was one of his real souljahs.

Jada (4 Jada) – Tupac’s Handwritten Poem

Jaden Smith’s Interview

Jaden is Will and Jada Smith’s eldest child. Like his parents, he is also a famous movie and music star. And as a result, he is in the eyes of the public. In addition, he can’t escape the questions surrounding his parent’s marriage and his mom’s relationship with Tupac Shakur, even though he was born a couple of years after the rapper’s death. 

As a result, when asked about his mother’s close relationship with the rapper during an interview, he mentioned that Pac asked his mother to marry him. He further added that she declined, stating that they were best friends. This revelation further proved that there might not have been any romantic relationship between Jada and Pac.

However, it might have proven that Tupac wanted more with Jada, but as we mentioned earlier, most of the sources we have today are from one side. With Tupac gone, we might not get to know what truly happened between both parties and if it was merely about two people who shared a deep connection. 

Six Tupac Albums Released After His Death

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''All Eyez Оn Мe'' Album Photo Shoot by Ken Nahoum / Edge Film

Tupac’s death remains one of the most famous unsolved murders, and the pain still lingers to date. Fans will continue to look for closure. However, there is a silver lining, as we can still enjoy his music even after decades of his passing.

Thanks to the incredible technological advancements that have helped improve different industries and activities like betting online, we’ve gotten some unreleased music from the legend. Join us to check out some of Tupac’s albums released posthumously. 

The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory – 1996

The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (commonly shortened to Makaveli or The 7 Day Theory) is the fifth studio album by Tupac, his first posthumous album and the last released with his creative input.

The album was completely finished in a total of seven days during the first week of August 1996. The lyrics were written and recorded in only three days, and mixing took four additional days. These are among the last songs Shakur recorded before his fatal shooting on September 7, 1996. During those seven days, 21 songs were completed, 12 of which made the final product.

R U Still Down? (Remember Me) – 1997

R U Still Down was released on the 25th of November 1997 by Amaru Entertainment and Interscope Records. This album is the second posthumous release and the first with no creative input from him.

However, R U Still Down was the first release from his mother’s imprint, Amaru Entertainment. As a result, it features almost all the previously unreleased materials recorded between 1992 and 1994. This album sold over five hundred thousand copies in its first week, topping the R&B charts in the U.S. for three weeks.

Until the End of Time – 2001

Until the End of Time is the seventh studio album and third posthumous album by 2Pac. The album is the result of a collaboration between Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Records and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records, and features previously unreleased works by Shakur. The core vocal tracks and some instrumentation was recorded during and after the All Eyez On Me and Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory sessions.

Better Dayz – 2002

Better Dayz is the eighth studio album and fourth posthumous album by 2Pac, and is his last to be a double-album. The album features 23 unreleased recordings from the period 1994-1996, the majority of which are remixed. Others retain their original form or are complete finished mixes, such as “Fuck ‘Em All“, “Late Night”, “Ghetto Star”, “Better Dayz”, “Who Do U Believe In?” and “They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us”.

Loyal to the Game – 2004

Loyal to the Game is one of Tupac’s albums released after his death in 1996, making it his ninth studio album and fifth posthumous studio album. Produced by Eminem, consisting of remixes of previously unreleased music Tupac recorded before he died. LTTG album was released on the 14th of December 2004.

Pac’s Life – 2006

Pac’s Life is among the albums released after Tupac’s death, and it s the tenth and final seventh posthumous studio album. Released on the 21st of November 2006 in the U.S., on Amaru Entertainment. The release of this album was intended to observe the tenth anniversary of Pac’s murder. 

Unseen Tupac Interview Reveals Why He Decided To Star In Gridlock’d

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Tupac was known as a man of many extraordinary talents, so many that we probably didn’t have the opportunity to really enjoy all of them previous to his death. The final months before his tragic end were filled with interesting new projects, including the shooting of a few movies. One of them went by the name of Gridlock’d. During the shooting process, Pac also gave a very insightful interview. One of the key topics was delving into the other side of Shakur’s character, which might often be overlooked because of the controversy around his persona.

Pac described both sides of his character, talking about the ability to be very concentrated and level-headed in his work, going as far as stating that he’s “boring” in certain circumstances. The legend went on to clarify that the other part of his being was full of passion, curiosity, and never-ending energy. Tupac added that the most challenging thing for him was to think clearly before acting.

For Shakur stepping beyond the restrictions, determined by society, was a life philosophy. In the interview, he would explain that many people told him to only stick to music since he would never make it as an actor, which didn’t align with the way he sees the world. 2Pac mentioned that only by going beyond the realms of the known a person can develop himself and make changes to the world.

Pac continued by showing his awareness of the mistakes he had made during his life, stating that only through failures and pain can a person truly be able to understand what should be done and what not. In the interview, he also mentioned that taking the risk of failing might bring the most desired awards in the end.

The final segment of the video showcases that in 1996 Shakur clearly voiced his desire to start slowly moving away from the music industry in favor of an acting career. His appearance on Grindlock’d, as he admits, was an attempt to improve his public image in a film, dedicated to the topic of unconditional friendship. At the time it seems like Pac wanted to refresh his outlook on life to have more thought-provoking material to bring to the table for his next albums. That was the reason why the cinema industry was a great opportunity to gain a new type of experience.

1996 was an incredibly dynamic year in the life of Pac, regardless of the fatal ending. We could only envisage how much more fantastic music and acting work he could’ve done, using his drive and passion for art, if it weren’t for his tragic death.

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