Film: Tupac

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Tupac: Resurrection

Director: Lauren Lazin
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Distributor: Paramount

Title aside, we’ll never see the likes of Tupac Shakur again. The late rap superstar was a complex, contradictory figure and, throughout the course of this riveting documentary, it’s as if he’s back in our world again. Produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, Tupac Resurrection isn’t so much “biased” as it’s subjective. In the MTV film, accompanied by a book and soundtrack, director Lauren Lazin looks at Tupac’s short, full life from beginning to end and doesn’t avoid the dark times—the arrests, the shootings—but she does tend to…

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Title aside, we’ll never see the likes of Tupac Shakur again. The late rap superstar was a complex, contradictory figure and, throughout the course of this riveting documentary, it’s as if he’s back in our world again. Produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, Tupac Resurrection isn’t so much “biased” as it’s subjective. In the MTV film, accompanied by a book and soundtrack, director Lauren Lazin looks at Tupac’s short, full life from beginning to end and doesn’t avoid the dark times—the arrests, the shootings—but she does tend to emphasize the positive over the negative. More to the point, the narration comes from Tupac himself, smoothly edited from countless interviews, so we’re constantly getting his take on events. He’s more thoughtful and articulate than his detractors might expect (despite the profanity), but the contradictions remain, making this essential viewing for even the most casual of fans. —Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Album:Resurrection: Music from the Motion Picture

Resurrection: Music from the Motion Picture

Tupac Shakur

How do you separate this release from the rest in the posthumous Tupac cottage industry? Quite easily, actually. Resurrection is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, so it does not feature slapped together re-mixes with producers that flaunt below-average beat portfolios. The album does have its share of sketchy moments, starting with the five-second “Intro,” which has Tupac mumbling “…now this is the next level with this new album.” The idea of stitching together castaway Tupac vocal snippets is nothing new to his estate, and this collection…

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