Steve McQueen to direct official Tupac Shakur documentary backed by estate


Tupac Shakur’s estate is backing an official documentary about the late rapper’s life.

12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is set to direct the fully-authorised documentary in a collaboration between Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson, Billboard reports. The news was announced by Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment: the company set up by Shakur’s mother Afeni to release his posthumous projects.

A still from All Eyez On Me

The iconic rapper has been the subject of multiple on-screen projects.

Music video director Benny Boom is set to release his biopic All Eyez on Me this summer via Lionsgate.Meanwhile Johnny Depp is set to take on the role of disgraced Los Angeles police detective Russell Poole, who investigated the murders of Shakur and his rival Notorious B.I.G in Labyrinth.

McQueen said in a statement: «I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the lfe and times of this legendary artist.

«I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way.

«Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.»


This article originally appeared on Independent UK

Tupac’s Handwritten Lyrics for ‘Dear Mama’ Selling for US$75,000


Tupac Shakur

More and more prized possessions of rap icon Tupac Shakur continue to surface. The handwritten lyrics from his 1995 song «Dear Mama» are now on sale for $75,000, according to TMZ.

Auction site Moments in Time currently holds the three pages of lyrics for an avid fan interested in building up his or her Tupac collection. The pages come from the same studio the late rapper recorded in for the ode to his mother. A private collector in Poland originally owned the handwritten lyrics before Moments in Time acquired them.

The sheets contain each verse written by Tupac, in addition to several notes he added on the side of the pages. On the bottom left side of the first page, he wrote down Yo-Yo and Ice Cube’s names as possible collaborators for the song.

Last year, three of Tupac’s notebooks were previously on sale by way of Moments in Time. The notebooks contained handwritten lyrics from songs like «Keep Ya Head Up,» «Point The Finga», and «Easy Being Me.» 
Earlier this year, the car in which Tupac was fatally shot in was also on sale for $1.5 million. The 1996 BMW 750iL was once owned by co-founder of Death Row Records Suge Knight. The car is still on the market.


This article originally appeared on Billboard