Tupac Shakur has been the single biggest influence in my life, and Made Status would have never been born if it wasn't for my grandparents buying my first Rap CD, 2PAC Greatest Hits (I still play this to this day). It’s one thing to make money, but it’s a whole different level to build legacy. He was the example that your environment doesn't equal your future, giving us all hope.
There are two sides to every story, and than there is the truth. We have seen Notorious, we have seen Straight Outta Compton. Now It’s time for All Eyez On Me.
The rise of Tupac Shakur from poverty to building one of, if not the greatest legacy of all time – the cold realities that confronted the hip-hop legend just as he was really starting to reach his true potential – is a story waiting to be told on its opening date, Nov. 11th, a few months after the 20-year anniversary of his assassination. And we at Made Status couldn’t be more excited at this cinematic unfolding.
At the helm of the biopic is music video veteran Benny Boom, who adds touches of contemporary rap like Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in Da Paint” in the trailer. Late last year, Boom took over the project – with an “incredibly tight deadline,” as Rolling Stone reported – eight months after director John Singleton and a mere month after his replacement Carl Franklin parted with the film.
All Eyez on Me stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G. (portraying the same star in the 2009 film Notorious), Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Shakur’s longtime friend Jada Pinkett, and Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy.
“Tupac [is half-gangsta and half-hippie, forever reconciling his principles of love and peace with his rage at the gross injustices all around him,” wrote Rolling Stone, predicting that the biopic will court the same success enjoyed by Straight Outta Compton last summer with the right script and a winning depiction of the legendary figure.
Watch the trailer below.
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