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.

Tupac ‘7Dayz’ film in the works

I’m in for more Tupac films and documentaries, especially after John Singleton left the current biopic. But there’s a new one in the works focusing on Pac’s last 7 days via Gobi Rahimi, who directed videos for 2Pac and Death Row in the 90s. Here’s his statement and crowdfunding pitch for $500K to make 7Dayz.

“I was waiting for Tupac at Club 662 in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996,” Rahimi wrote on the crowdfunding site. “Soon after, I was informed by rapper Nate Dogg that Tupac and Suge Knight had been shot and taken to University Hospital. I immediately rushed there to be by Tupac’s side. This was the first of an emotional seven days that I sat guard over Tupac, who was in an induced coma, riding the line between life and death. 7Dayz is the story of my experience at the hospital amidst death threats, undercover FBI informants and an uncooperative police department.”

Donate here.

h/t Miss Info

Game f/ DeJ Loaf “Ryda”

Game & DeJ Loaf go on an armed robbery in the all-new visuals to their 2Pac homage track. Thumbs up on the ‘Pac allusions on the audio and Game’s Gretzky jersey in the video.

 

John Singleton leaves Tupac biopic

Bad news for Tupac fans not only because famed director John Singleton is leaving the Tupac biopic, but also for the reason why…

The details straight from the man himself:

Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that's why my ass isn't involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he'd ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won't do that … I'll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!

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I would love this, John, and would donate to a Kickstarter. Make your own!