There are some musical artists who have touched lives, while some have changed the world. In the world of rap, one of the most influential artists of all time was, and continues to be, Tupac Shakur. More than a rap artist, he was a poet, actor, and social activist. His death was one that tore open the hearts of a world of fans. The Tupac movie, All Eyez on Me, named after his last and greatest selling album, is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016. The film trailer is out now, and you can watch it below!
About.com and BET both named Shakur as the most influential rapper of all time. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chuck Philips also once wrote:
The slaying [of Tupac Shakur] silenced one of modern music’s most eloquent voices. A ghetto poet whose tales of urban alienation captivated young people of all races and backgrounds. The 25-year-old Shakur had helped elevate rap from a crude street fad to a complex art form, setting the stage for the current global hip-hop phenomenon.
Tupac was both an everyman and an intellectual. He spoke of complex emotions and political injustices.
His album All Eyez on Me is one of the greatest selling rap albums of all time, certified 10X Platinum in 2014. Due to his widespread influence, his music has been honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, and even the Catholic Church.
Because of his universal appeal, murals of Tupac across the world, in New York, Brazil, Sierra Leone, and even Bulgaria. There are even statues of him residing in Atlanta and Germany. His music continues to inspire, and as a result, Forbes named him #10 on their “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities”.
Because of his love of the arts, charity foundations in his name continue to help children with Centers for the Arts, performing arts camps, essay contests, and even charity events.
He has become a modern-day legend. Broadway plays have been written based off his lyrics. A hologram of his likeness has performed his music with modern artists at Coachella. There is an exhibit on Tupac at the Grammy Museum.
To honor his passing, his fellow artists mixed the lifelong cannabis lover‘s cremated ashes with marijuana and smoked them!
The new Tupac movie
Now, you can absorb the fantastic rise and tragic fall of this modern icon with a new movie, taking the next step where the documentaries like Academy-Award-nominated Tupac: Ressurection left off chronicling the roller coaster of events and achievements of the artist’s short life.
All Eyez on Me, named after his last and greatest selling album, is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016. The film trailer is out now, and you can watch it below!
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