Over 20 years ago hip-hop lost one of the culture’s most pivotal voices. Tupac Shakur was a charismatic, authentic and sometimes even self-destructive artist who’s music reflected the stories of the hood he was raised on – he was the epitome of a street poet. The full-length trailer of Pac’s highly anticipated biopic All Eyez on Me has been released. The trailer showcases scenes of the rapper’s childhood, early experience with activism, and of course, his musical career.
At a young age Tupac was introduced to revolutionary socialism as his mother Afeni Shakur (Danai Gurira) was a member of the Black Panthers and his stepfather Mutlulu Shakur (Jamie Hector) a former Black Liberation Army member. In the trailer we see how both characters help Pac navigate throughout the world and his newfound fame.
The Benny Boom-directed film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper and also features Jamal Woolard reprising the role of Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. Audiences will get a closer look at the bond and rivalry between the talented emcees. In the trailer we hear Pac remind Biggie, “We’ve got a big platform man, use that platform to make change.”
You’ll also see other familiar characters, including Suge Knight (Dominic L. Santana) who signed the “Dear Mama” rapper, along with Snoop Dogg, to Death Row Records in 1995. Under Death Row, Pac released what’s arguably his most prominent work, which shares the same name as his biopic (All Eyez On Me).
Kat Graham stars as Pac’s longtime friend Jada Pinkett Smith, who the late rapper wrote a poem about titled, “Jada” that can be found in his book “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” Smith has been vocal about her relationship with Pac and why she broke off their friendship in the years leading up to his tragic murder in 1996.
Tupac’s humbling beginning and controversial rise to superstardom is a story that has fascinated audiences for years. All Eyez on Me is sure to draw huge crowds when it premieres this summer on June 16th – what would have been Pac’s 46th birthday.