Today in Hip-Hop: ‘Tupac: Resurrection’ Releases in Theaters
On this day, Nov. 14, in hip-hop history...
2003: Seven years after the untimely passing of the legendary Tupac Shakur, Amaru Entertainment and MTV Films came together to release a documentary containing exclusive home footage and interviews of the beloved rapper. Tupac: Resurrection is narrated by the man himself, and took over four years to put together.
’Pac's mother, the late Afeni Shakur, played a huge role in the production of the Oscar-nominated doc, which she spoke on during her October 2003 cover story with XXL. "What’s surprising for us is how powerful his words are in America. I think that’s what hits everybody who sees the movie. He’s just sitting down talking to you, and explaining the things he knows you want to know about," she explained. "So to the extent that that happened, we are basically elated, because we have always known that no one can speak for him or explain him better than him. We are really happy that Tupac has an opportunity to explain himself, and then we don’t have to do this anymore. We don’t have to say, 'This is what Tupac thought or what he said in his life time.' The only answers are right there, and if there are more, we don’t have them."
Directed by Lauren Lazin, Tupac: Resurrection runs for nearly two hours. The documentary grossed over $7.7 million at the box office, despite only being in theaters for a little over one month.
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