For those of us growing up in the 90’s, rapper Tupac Shakur was more than just a hip-hop artist. He was a revolutionary, a brilliant, sometime controversial artist who spoke the truth in every song, interview and movie he was in. He was also cut down in his prime at the tender age of 25. As the son of a Black Panther, he was the perfect mix of intelligent lyricism to uplift a generation with West Coast gangsta rap. To put it simply, his life story has been long overdue.
Now, with All Eyez On Me, the full length film about the rapper’s life (in theaters Friday, June 16th, which would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday), the wait is over. ‘Pac is played by Demetrius Shipp, Jr, a 28-year-old young man with no previous acting experience with dreams of being a music producer like his dad. But there was one thing that he had going for him out of all the thousands of other actor hopefuls to land this role: all his life he had been told he looked like Tupac.
“It started off when I was a Sophomore in high school,” Shipp said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. “Friends said ‘Demetrius is cool, but we’ll just call you Pac.