The new Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me covers the rap superstar’s childhood, his rise to fame and his trouble with the law.
It also includes his rivalry with Biggie Smalls and friendship with Suge Knight and Jada Pinkett.
“Everyone overall has an idea over what this man’s life was and what his death was, but I think what this movie does is it educates you on a deeper level. And brings that to the screen,” Kat Graham said.
“It’s real and at the highest level, he speaks to the streets and not just his streets, but the impoverished, the lower class, the people who don’t have a voice. Tupac was that voice, and people feel that way and that’s why he resonates and he’s so strong and has such a following still to this day,” Demetrius Shipp Jr. said.
Shipp says it was daunting to play Shakur on the big screen.
“it’s definitely an honor, you know what I’m saying. You get to bring him to life, and you get to portray him to the world and show different sides of him that people don’t necessarily get to see,” Shipp said.
Shakur died in 1996, at age 25. But his music continues to connect with fans.
“He’s relevant still. You know, I think it’s the passion. I think it’s his intellect. I think it’s the fact that he’s the voice of so many people, so many different communities,” Annie Ilonzeh said.
“The energy that that man was able to bring and gave off, nobody could duplicate that,” Shipp said.