Tupac ‘All Eyez On Me’ biopic trailer released on his 45th birthday
On what would have been the iconic West Coast rapper’s 45th birthday, Tupac Shakur is receiving his due praise across the country.
The City of Oakland, California, has chosen to honor the legend with his own commemorative day. Tupac Shakur Day will celebrate the life of the rapper who showed so much love to the Bay Area in his music.
“Although Tupac was born in Harlem, New York City in 1971, later lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Marin City, California, he cherished his time in Oakland as his home, stating that he got his ‘Game’ from Oakland,” a proclamation from the Mayor’s office reads. “Tupac once said: ‘…I give all my love to Oakland, if I’ma claim somewhere I’ma claim Oakland.”
The news comes on the same day the trailer for the highly-anticipated All Eyez On Me biopic was released online.
The video starts off showing a jarring FBI raid at Tupac’s childhood home and reveals the rapper facing different stages of life and fame. The voice of his mother, late activist and Black Panther Afeni Shakur, (played by Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira) can be heard speaking directly to Tupac throughout the clip.
“Son, this ain’t just about you,” she says. “Like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back.”
Afeni Shakur died this year and did not get to see these accomplishments in her son’s name. Nevertheless, she did everything she could to preserve Tupac’s legacy, setting up a trust to oversee his music rights and even offering her blessing to the Roses In Concrete school in East Oakland, a K-8 school inspired by her son’s book of poetry.
The story of Tupac’s life will finally be brought to the big screen on November 11. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. will star as Tupac, and Jamal Woolard, who played rapper Biggie Smalls in “Notorious,” will come back to play him in the film.
Tupac was gunned down September 7, 1996, after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas and died days later from his injuries. He was only 25 years old.
To this day, his killers have not been formally brought to justice.