The biopic for late rapper Tupac Shakur is set for release in June and the new trailer for All Eyez on Me, the movie, is out. In depicts the backstory of the rapper and his rise to fame and the status of a legend – in fact, one of the greatest rappers ever.
Tupac’s ideals and thoughts, which were portrayed through his music, came from the exposure he had to activism from an early age – both his parent being members of the Black Panther movement. Showcasing this in the trailer, Tupac’s stepdad, Mutulu Shakur – played by Jamie Hector – says, “You must stand for something. You must live for something, and you must be willing to die for something.”
It goes on to show Tupac, portrayed by Demetrius Shipp, Jr. making his way through music and tells the Notorious B.I.G (played by Jamal Woolard, who also played Biggie in the movie Notorious), “We got a big platform, use that platform to make change.”
The trailer then goes on to show Tupac’s getting signed and the forces that are working against his cause while he maintains his course, saying “I’m reporting from the streets, I’m educating and keeping it real.”
It goes on to bring Tupac’s rise to fame and his struggle with it. It even features Suge Knight of Death Row Records, played by Dominic L. Santana. The trailer leads up to the fight that Tupac had at a Las Vegas hotel and ends on the fateful drive-by shoot out that followed it, ending his life at the age of 25.
The Tupac Shakur biopic releases on June 16, which is also Tupac’s birthday. The great rapper will inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, wherein his collaborator and friend, Snoop Dogg, is expected to deliver a speech in his honour.