The Countdown Begins Until the Premiere of the "All Eyez On Me" Biopic

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Anticipation grows the closer we get to the premiere of the Tupac “All Eyez On Me” biopic. Set to tell the story of rapper, poet, activist and revolutionary Tupac Amaru Shakur this movie after nearly a decade is almost complete. Recognized as one of Hip Hop's most notable figures many will agree that Pac was definitely gifted. His ability to tell his story while reaching such a large audience is one of the many things that set him apart from the rest. Through his rhymes he remained real, giving the raw and uncut version of the cards he dealt and were dealt on his journey of life.

Best known for his "All Eyez On Me" (1996), "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" (1996), "Me Against The World" (1995) and "2Pacalyse Now" (1991) albums Pac became one of the best selling artists of his time with over 75 million records sold worldwide. With passion he evoked emotions through his music to his listeners. Changing the world, he sparked the minds of many as he transformed the appellation of criminality in America amongst a host of other things ranging from complex recounts about child molestation in "Brenda's Got A Baby" to blackness and womenhood as a black woman in "Keep Ya Head Up". 

Directed by Benny Boom, a Philadelphia native and producer noted in the music industry, has not only an extensive resume but, also a creative eye. Beginning his career in 2000 directing music videos Boom has worked alongside the likes of Sean Combs, Keyshia Cole and Nicki Minaj. His career quickly took off into what it is today as he’s continued to tap into his creative genius. Boom who is actually the third director to come onto the “All Eyez On Me” project wasted no time in getting things rolling so this long awaited story could finally be told.

There's no doubt Demetrius Shipp Jr. who was casted for the leading role as Pac has big shoes to fill. Although unknown to many in the acting realm he surprisingly has closer ties to this role than what many may think, making him the perfect fit. With much controversy as to if Shipp Jr. was the right choice, Boom explained with Complex the importance in getting “an unknown [actor] so people can lock into him and his performance versus any sort of baggage that another actor would bring”. Interestingly enough Shipp Jr.’s father Shipp Sr. “was a producer on ‘Pac’s’ “Toss It Up”” as stated on Billboard, so what better timing than now to have Shipp Jr. channel his inner Pac with this movie. 

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Challenging the status quo of what a young, black male rapper is portrayed to be Pac never held back in all that his story entailed, both the good and the not so good as he spoke on issues that were pivotal for progression. Stressing the importance of expression he mentioned, "I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind". It's evident that his freedom to shamelessly articulate what he felt and what he was going through makes him the iconic and fearless artist we've grown to love. The transparency in his stories provide a much needed dialogue to be had on important issues that plague our society even today. 

With less than a week left until the film's debut, we’re all on edge and super excited to see how the entire cast will deliver this legend's story. 

You can catch “All Eyez On Me” Friday, June 16, 2017 in a theater near you.