As many of you may have heard, Tupac Shakur bipic All Eyez On Me premiered this past weekend at the box office. Sparking its heavily anticipated release, it ranked in at No. 3 with an estimated $27.1 million dollars in ticket sales. The biopic, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., made his first ever acting debut as the legendary famed rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur. The cast also includes Kat Graham, who plays Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was close to Shukur.
So let me first start off by saying this movie was and will forever be a true depiction of Tupacs' legacy. He was a true visionary. Now, contrary to what society believed him to be, Pac stood for something way deeper then the rap game/ thug life he portrayed in real life. When viewing the film, I was able to get a true understanding of Tupacs' struggle on a day to day basis just by the tone the movie brought visually. There were so many highs and lows that I didn't know whether to cry, be angry, laugh or feel deep sadness and sympathy for his life. Needless to say there were moments I never knew about Pac that the media tried, so desperately to erase from our minds.
One excerpt of the movie described his T.H.U.G L.I.F.E. tattoo, as an acronym that meant "The Hate You Give Little Infants Fuck Everybody." Although very raw and uncut, most people assumed the message intended by Tupac’s tattoo conveyed something criminal and gang related, BUT thanks to the film I found out it had a completely different meaning. Tupac’s tattoo served as a heart-breaking, yet honest, and even prophetic phrase for a nation that continues to isolate and neglect most young black males of society. Much like the same struggles most young black youth still face today, I also learned Tupac really struggled with his own personal voice and sense of identity. Can I say "mind blown!"
I understand why most critics gave it bad reviews, but in my opinion it stood true to be Pacs' real per sauna. He was a Thug, he definitely had erratic and sometimes hot headed behavior and he embodied the "give no f&^ks" attitude. Contrary to peoples perception, He was also a poet, a gritty activist of "Young Black American Youth," and struggled with the idea that he was more then just the "flashy rapper." Although biopics director Benny Boom really gave a great effort with All Eyez On Me, and Demetrius Shipp Jr literally gave me chills playing Pac, in the end, this 6-year production just couldn't tie together all the complexities that were Tupac Shakur. All and All, His story deserved to be told, and Tupac Shakur still holds the top spot for the ''G.O.A.T.'' An acronym of our generation I believe he would appreciate, "Greatest of All Time!"