The Tupac Shakur movie All Eyez on Me, finally opened last night, June 15, in the United States, and rapper 50 Cent who joined other hip hop enthusiasts to see the movie has shared his thoughts about it.
After Tupac’s untimely death at 25 following the drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, the rapper became a sort of a legend who would go on, after death, to sell millions of albums, earning royalties modern day acts can only dream of.
Before now, there had been a struggle to make his biopic, which was trailed by lawsuits, causing interested parties like Antoine Fuqua and Carl Franklin, to back down. Until it fell on director Benny Boom to champion the project.
Played by new actor Demetrius Shipp Jr who bears an uncanny semblance with the late rapper, the story follows the untold tale about the rapper who was raised in Harlem, Baltimore and the Bay Area by his mother Afeni Shakur (played by Danai Gurira).
Tupac learns first-hand what systemic racism and police brutality is like. And it is these experiences that sharpen his edges as he emerges the new voice of hip hop.
And All Eyez on Me begins from there.
Reviews are already pouring in. Hollywood Reporter calls it “a ploddingly pedestrian dramatization of Tupac Shakur’s brief, tumultuous life”, and Variety says it is a “messy, hugely flawed, but fascinating biographical drama”.
And 50 Cent shared a similar opinion, albeit in a terse way. Here’s what he posted on his Instagram today:
This review shared with his over 14 million fans has stirred major conversation. While many people think he has just shitted on the efforts of black movie industry and the hip hop community, others think his opinions come from a place of jealousy.
“What a way to shit on another black man smh,” said one upset fan. And another added, “50 cent could NEVER BE HAPPY FOR NOBODY if it ain’t HIM WINING HE TALK SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE.”
There’s a lot of anger out there.