The Tupac Shakur biopic – All Eyez On Me – is finally in cinemas and some people aren’t thrilled by how the iconic rapper, Death Row Records and rap music culture in the 90’s have been represented.
Demetrius Schipp Jr is the film’s leading man and bears an uncanny resemblance to Tupac. The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira plays Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.
The film looks at Tupac’s rise to fame and relationships with Death Row’s Suge Knight and of course, The Notorious B.I.G – once again raising the legendary rivalry between East and West Coast.
Back in the day many rap beefs were settled with fists and guns, and the rivalry between Tupac and Biggie still stands out as a landmark case.
Only three months before Tupac was gunned down in Las Vegas, he released “Hit ‘Em Up” – still one of the greatest diss tracks ever. It turned 20 last year and with this new movie out we’re revisiting the tune.
Set the scene
It’s 1996 and the East Coast-West Coast rivalry is going strong. “Hit ‘Em Up” fuelled it even further, thanks to the directness of the lyrics and the violent, upfront approach.
Tupac takes aim at Biggie and the entire Bad Boy Records crew (including the likes of Puffy and Lil Kim). It didn’t help that actors were used to impersonate Biggie and his boys.