TUPAC Shakur was one of the most successful rappers of all time. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996. Yet rumours surrounding his death still remain today. Here's the story... Who was Tupac? Lesane Parish Crooks was born on June 16, 1971, the son of a former Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur. He was better known to his fans as Tupac or 2Pac. Hailing from Harlem, New York, the rap star's All Eyez On Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the US. The artist, who has sold more than 75 million records, consistently tops the polls as one of greatest of all time. He became embroiled in the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud, involving New York's Bad Boy Records and the Los Angeles-based Death Row Records. How did Tupac die? On the night of September 7, 1996, Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas as he headed to a gig at Club 662. Death Row Records boss Suge Knight was driving the car and 2Pac was a front seat passenger as they led a … [Read more...] about Who was Tupac Shakur, who killed the rapper, was it Keefe D and where has the rapper ‘been spotted’ since his death?
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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. airs Wednesdays on the USA NetworkIt’s easy to conclude that Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. is simply the latest limited-event series to mine televised serial drama out of a sensational, true-crime tragedy. In this case, it’s the still-unsolved murders of rappers Tupac “2Pac” Shakur and Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (also known as Biggie Smalls). After all, this show is both executive-produced and mostly directed by Anthony Hemingway, who also shot several of the best episodes of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the show that started this craze.However, it seems that Hemingway is biting less from Simpson and making his own version of another Ryan Murphy show: Feud. Hey, next to Bette and Joan, Tupac and Biggie is one of the most storied rivalries in popular culture. And it looks like Hemingway, along with writer Kyle Long (Suits), got a jump … [Read more...] about Unsolved Makes Murders of Tupac and Biggie Into Hip-Hop Zodiac
Music's biggest mysteries are coming to television on Tuesday with the premiere of USA Networks's Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., a 10-episode scripted true crime miniseries based on the iconic rappers' deaths less in 1996 and 1997. The show tells the story in three parallel narratives set years apart, examining the events that transpired leading up to and following the artists' fatal drive-by shootings and the police investigations that followed. In it, viewers are brought down the rabbit hole of this almost Shakespearean tragedy along with the obsessive detectives that sought justice. By his own admission, series creator and executive producer Kyle Long (Suits) said he's been "obsessed" with Tupac Shakur and Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace's deaths since his move to Los Angeles about 20 years ago and had a job working next to the Petersen Automotive Museum, in front of which Wallace was killed. Speaking … [Read more...] about ‘Unsolved’ Seeks Truth in Deaths of Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., the Obsessive Investigations That Followed
In the scope of Hollywood history, the list of actors who have played the same real-life figure multiple times onscreen is brief. It goes something like this: Peter O'Toole (King Henry II, twice), Raymond Massey (Abraham Lincoln, twice), Cate Blanchett (Queen Elizabeth I, twice), Gael Garcia Bernal (Che Guevara, twice), Michael Sheen (Tony Blair, three times) and Ian Hart (John Lennon, three times). But at least until recently, no performer had done so back-to-back. Meet Marcc Rose. You don't know his name, but you may know his work. In the blockbuster 2015 N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, he very briefly played Tupac Shakur, a career break based in part on his physical resemblance to the late rapper. Now, Rose is reprising that portrayal in Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious BIG, the forthcoming USA Network true-crime anthology based on the rap legends' respective murder investigations (the Notorious BIG is played by Wavvy Jones). Unlike Compton, the role requires a … [Read more...] about From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to ‘Unsolved’: Meet Hollywood’s Go-To Tupac
USA Network has found its Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez have been cast as the iconic rappers, respectively, in the drama pilot about their unsolved murders, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac (working title) is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Rose will play Shakur, a poet, actor and rapper who was as brilliant as he was self-destructive. He was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, and his murder still remains unsolved today. The actor reprises his role from the 2015 hit film Straight Outta Compton, in which he made his acting debut. He is repped by ICM. The pilot marks the first acting role for Jonez, who was discovered after a nationwide casting call. Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, quickly went from honor student to drug dealer to the face of East Coast rap. He was shot and killed in Los Angeles … [Read more...] about USA Drama ‘Unsolved’ Finds Its Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls