Pretty much every 2Pac interview is fascinating and this one with Gang Related co-star Jim Belushi is no different. It is different though because it’s a new, unearthed interview with Gang Related co-star Jim Belushi from August 27, 1997.
They each do their fair share of answering, but of course it’s Pac who delivers the memorable quotes and the raw, unfiltered perspective on everything from the differences between making music to acting (and who gets more ladies, ha!), fame, how jail had humbled him, and the record sales success that came from All Eyez On Me.
If time is a factor for you, at least fast forward to the last minute of the interview when ‘Pac expands on the latter subject and then concludes the interview with this chilling quote.
Nothing can touch me out here now. I been shot, go to jail, what can touch me? What actor can give you more truth than me right now? That’s how I feel.
Pac’s sense of humor is immediately on display afterward as we get the true, raw interview to its fullest and final heartwarming moment. This inspired me to do more research on 2Pac and Jim Belushi and I found this L.A. Times article/interview with Belushi later on in 1997 after ‘Pac’s passing. He was still shakin’ up and cited that they were “brothers”. You can actually feel that come across in the interview below as well.
BONUS Tupac news: The Grammy Museum in L.A. announced the opening of a Tupac Shakur exhibit on February 2nd — All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur. This looks fascinating and worth a trip out to L.A. to check out the handwritten notes, lyrics, and various memorabilia approved by Afeni Shakur to be on display. More details/news here.
“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative,” Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli said in a statement. “It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac’s legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.”