Straight Outta Compton sequel in the works

No surprise here, the people want more! (As evidenced by some impressive, record-setting opening week numbers.)

Daz Dillinger was quick to confirm to TMZ that a sequel to Straight Outta Compton is already in the works. The subjects at hand: 2Pac, Snoop, Dre, Suge Knight, and Death Row Records.

Daz adds that none of the Straight Outta Compton actors would reprise their roles (Dre would likely be played by his son, Curtis Young) and that Ice Cube gave the project his blessing, though he won’t be on as a producer either.

So I guess it’s really just another movie about the golden era of hip hop. The subjects: just as, if not more fascinating. So hopefully this comes to fruition. (And hopefully the actor who cameoed as 2Pac can actually act too. He got the looks down, for sure.)

Jay Z had a 2Pac diss track recorded

Stop the presses, amirite?!

DJ Clark Kent, having collaborated with Jay Z in the 90s, revealed on today’s It’s The Real podcast that Jay Z had a diss record going back at ‘Pac for his name-drop in “Bomb First” (a HS bball pump up song for us, ha!), but it never got released because of Pac’s untimely murder. Obviously, that would have been in bad taste, but enjoy this tidbit from Clark Kent on it:

Jay did a record going at Pac but right as it was about to go out, son died. We performed it though. We was at the Apollo. It was…scathing. Crowds was like, oh shit.

– DJ Clark Kent

Here’s an old Jay Z interview at the time rising above the diss from 2Pac, spotted via DJ Booth (along with that artwork up top.) Chalk this scenario up to the “What If?” category if 2Pac had lived…

Eminem’s letter to Tupac’s mother

I knew I could put that Tupac tape in, and suddenly, things weren’t so bad.

Thank Hip Hop Reddit once again for unearthing a very cool throwback that I don’t think many of us out there knew existed.

We did know the influence that 2Pac has had on Eminem as the living legend saluted 2Pac on record before, in interviews, and executive produced the Tupac: Resurrection Soundtrack (superb).

But now, we see an emotional letter that Eminem penned to Afeni Shakur speaking of the influence of ‘Pac on his life and career and keeping Afeni in his thoughts and prayers. The drawing up above too… Get lost in this below.

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An all-time top-tier favorite.

R.I.P. Hussein Fatal (of The Outlawz)

Another sad blow for the world of hip hop as Hussein Fatal, longtime 2Pac collaborator and member of The Outlawz, has passed away in a car accident. The death was confirmed by fellow Outlawz members and on Twitter below.

You may not know you know Hussein Fatal, but if you’ve ever played “Hit ‘Em Up”, “Troublesome”, “Still I Rise”, or “All About U”, you definitely have heard his verses. That’s just a sampling of his features with ‘Pac, let alone his solo material too (here’s the full list.) This, on top of the news I just learned even earlier today, that GBE’s Capo was gunned down here in Chicago, and it’s just an unfortunate day for the rap community. R.I.P.

(Hussein Fatal on the second verse.)

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Former LAPD thinks he knows 2Pac’s killer

I know what you may be thinking after the headline, but hey, this has a little bit of an anchor. It’s because, via this lengthy VICE report by XXL writer Jeff Weiss, talked with former LAPD Russell Poole, a key source in Randall Sullivan’s investigative book LAbyrinth.

The summation, via XXL:

Poole received from a local crime reporter a tip about a man named Malcolm Patton’s supposed confession to carrying out a hit on 2Pac. In the note, dictated to one of the newsman’s jail informants, Patton says that he, his brother and a Long Beach Crip named Donald Smith carried out the hit with help from Reggie Wright, Jr., the head of Death Row’s security detail, and from Suge Knight’s then-wife.

Smith, better known as the rapper Lil 1/2 Dead, a Death Row affiliate and Snoop Dogg’s cousin, is alleged to have had his own, private motive for the killing: Poole suggests that in 1991, during the recording of 2Pacalypse Now, the aspiring rapper passed Pac his demo tape. Though he didn’t hear from the rapper again, he head his own words on the radio–in the form of “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” Pac’s breakthrough hit that Lil 1/2 Dead allegedly wrote. For more on the theory, read the exhaustive and informative Vice piece. As for Poole, the revered detective remains incensed that law enforcement has bungled the investigation so badly. ”If this was Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra who got murdered, there would’ve been arrests a long time ago,” he says. “This case can be solved, but needs police follow-up. There are clues sitting right in front of the police. It’s a travesty of justice.”

Do you guys give this credence? I definitely don’t dismiss it and agree with one thing: Poole’s concluding quote. Travesty of justice for sure.

Jhene Aiko honors Tupac

The HBD Tupac tributes continue and this is my favorite so far, courtesy of MTV, as Jhene Aiko pays homage to one of her long-noted inspirations.

Above you can already tell, and she did so 2 more times below, by recreating old photos of Tupac. I love these and they’re done to the tee. It’s most crazy to see the sultry Jhene in the bathtub gold chains one below too.

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Below, she talks about what Tupac meant to her and performs “Keep Ya Head Up” acoustic. All great plays in the background while moseying over to Jhene’s IG too. She posted some rather revealing pics last night, sure, but I also love all her passages from philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh too.

Joey Bada$$ freestyles over Tupac beats

Happy birthday to the late Tupac as Joey Bada$$ is amongst those in hip hop paying tribute with his stop on the Cruz show at Power in L.A. He ripped through a series of classic Tupac beats starting with “I Get Around” and kicked a smooth flow for all of them. I don’t think “Hail Mary” should have been included in the freestyle run, but that doesn’t detract too much from the overall 6 minutes. Watch up above.