BY: LAUREN GANDARA
The movie that’s been long overdue is finally hitting theaters this summer. Yes, the highly anticipated Tupac movie, “All Eyez on Me,” is set to release June 16.
While many Tupac fans are already checking when to pre-order their tickets, they should also check out how the movie was made.
All of the die-hard Tupac fans will definitely be paying close attention to every detail of this movie and how accurate it is to the life of Tupac Shakur.
According to Heavy.com, the actor playing Shakur, Demetrius Shipp Jr., bares a very close resemblance to the late rapper. He also has a connection with Shakur. Shipp’s father was one of Shakur’s music producers.
Program Pictures CEO L.T. Hutton, a production company that helped in the production of the upcoming film, worked with Tupac when he joined Death Row Records, according to AllHipHop.com.
Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight were all included in the making of the film, Hutton said.
Trailers for the movie have been released online so you can get a sneak peek of what it has to offer.
The movie, like other rappers’ biopics including “8 Mile” (2002), “Notorious” (2009), and “Straight Outta Compton” (2015), is set to focus on the personal and professional life of Tupac Shakur. The title of the movie comes from Shakur’s most popular album, “All Eyez on Me” (1996).
While you await the film’s June release, rewatch these other biopics of some of your favorite rap artists.
The movie was loosely based on the life of Marshall Mathers, or as many know him, Eminem. Mathers even played the main character in the film. According to ConsequenceofSound.com, the film was based on Eminem’s lyrics about the people in his life, including his parents and his daughter’s mother. It’s an adaptation of Eminem’s life before making it big. However, even Eminem himself has said that this movie isn’t completely accurate to his real life encounters.
The 2009 film followed the life of Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, from childhood growing up on the streets of New York to his death in 1997. It also gave insight into the Tupac and B.I.G. feud.
To properly commemorate the life of the famous rapper, producers for the movie called some of Wallace’s family and close friends for input. In a behind-the-scenes video, producers and actors said that Wallace’s mother was on set every day during filming. They said she gave her input when it came to Wallace as a man, but she did not interfere with the music side.
However, once the movie was released, Lil Kim spoke to reporters claiming that the movie didn’t tell the full story.
“Straight Outta Compton”
Unlike the other movies, the majority of the rap artists portrayed in this film are still alive to give their testimony as to what it was like growing up on the streets of Compton, Calif. NWA was a rap group made up of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C. and Arabian Prince. After splitting up in the late 1990s, all of the members went on to do other work and make names for themselves. But in 2015, Hollywood brought the group back together in its biographical film named after one of their hits, “Straight Outta Compton.” The film shows what life was like for the group of young black men trying to create music that reflected the way they were treated by cops and society as a whole. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods Wright helped produce the movie and assured the accuracy of the story. Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. even played his dad in the film.