Tupac is alive, according to a cop on his deathbed.
David Myers, a retired police officer currently hospitalized and in critical medical condition, has a lot more on his mind than his less than favorable health. According to The Mirror, Myers says he was paid $1.5 million to help the California rapper fake his own death. It is widely known that Tupac was shot and killed in the fall of 1996, but since then, relentless rumors have circulated, claiming that Pac in fact faked his own death.
However, now that Myers fears that the end of his own life is nearing, he’s confessing. “The world needs to know what I did. I’m ashamed that I let a price be put on my word and I cannot die without letting the world know.” As if the claims of his own “wrongdoing” weren’t enough, Myers claims that he was in cahoots with Suge Knight, who himself has publicly claimed that Pac is still alive.
A cast seems to be set for the sequel to the smash movie, Straight Outta Compton. The movie DPG 4 Life, or Dogg Pound 4 Life, will show the rise and fall of the super-group that emanated from Dr. Dre’s partnering with Suge Knight at Death Row Records. Death Row vet Daz Dillinger posted pictures of the cast together in the studio on his Instagram account.
The Welcome to Death Row movie is currently being shopped around, and is seriously being considered to be the sequel to F. Gary Gray’s masterpiece, after the box office success of Straight Outta Compton. According to the Hollywood Reporter:
In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s box-office success, APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same figures from the Universal hit.
The agency has put together a package based on a book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story and co-executive producer credit on Compton.
While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 — and features the group’s members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E as the film’s three main protagonists, Welcome to Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. It’s an era when artists like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur forged mega-solo careers and Death Row Records‘ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful and feared hip-hop executive in the business.
Unseen footage has recently surfaced of Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and many other Death Row Records artists actively participating in the Brotherhood Crusade Rally on August 15th, 1996.
Suge introduced Tupac and Snoop as the spokespersons of Death Row Records. He said:
One thing I’d like to say, if it weren’t for the community it would be no Death Row Records. And more important than all that, if it weren’t for Snoop, Daz, Hammer, Tupac…it would be no me. So, I’m not here to try to get the limelight or be famous, nothing like that. I think my spokesperson for Death Row always will be—The guy who acts, raps. The other guy who raps and now he’s a model. I’d like to bring Tupac and Snoop up.
Tupac went on comparing the numbers of record sales to voters. Pac said:
My record sales, we got six million. Snoop got four million. Dogg Pound got three million. And we keep going. That means we represent that many votes. If we can represent that many votes, we gotta let these politicians be scared of us. That means anytime we drop something y’all gotta pick it up. Every time y’all call for us, we gon’ come.
Snoop said a few words following Pac’s speech while holding a voting registration form. He spoke about how community’s a represented by voting:
It’s our voice that means something. It’s all on us. If we don’t speak ain’t nobody gonna speak for us. They gon’ speak against, so we got to speak up. As a rapper. As a brother from the community. Somebody who is intact with what y’all feel and with what y’all go through. I’m one of the main voices saying that I’m with getting out here, voting. And getting y’all to get out there and vote. And be about what you about cause y’all community is you.
The Brotherhood Crusades Rally was one of the last moments of Pac’s life. He was shot dead a month later. The crowd’s feedback to the rappers and their words is more proof of how influential Hip Hop is, and how this influence can be used positively.
Check out the rare footage in its entirety above. The Death Row Records representatives begin speaking at the 8:00 minute marker.
Who wouldn’t want to franchise off Straight Outta Compton considering the biopic’s respectable fluctuation in the box office.
TMZ reports that Daz, a member of former music group Dogg Pound, told them that there is a movie in the works that will pick up where N.W.A left off, following the careers of Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Daz himself, and Warren G or formally known as Dogg Pound. The movie is titled Dogg Pound For Life.
Daz also told TMZ that the influence of gang-violence on the rap industry would not be simmered down like it was in Straight Outta Compton.
As for casting, Dr. Dre’s son is allegedly supposed to take on his role. There’s no say on who will play Snoop or Ice Cube but it will not be the same actors from Straight Outta Compton. It won’t even be the same producers but according to the source, Ice Cube approves of the sequel.
Oh yeah, and how could we forget our pal Suge Knight, who indeed was a huge influence in West Coast music around this time. Of course he’ll be included in the movie, however, the producers will not be working with him.
The influence of N.W.A can be traced all the way to present day and can be seen on this info graph. So if the “sequel” does happen, can we expect a sequel following the careers of all these rappers? Or if it doesn’t happen, we can just act like we never spoke about this.
What’s being described as “almost an embarrassment of riches” by Jeff Jampol–the president of the company, JAM Inc, that has been granted access to Tupac‘s entire collection–will be unleashed from the Tupac estate, under the watchful eye of his mother, Afeni Shakur, who brought Jeff and his company into the inner fold in 2013.
According to Jampol, there are “remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments, [and] poems,” sitting in Pac’s vault, for which there are several plans, especially considering the 20th anniversary of his assassination is fast approaching.
“Some of [the material] is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work. But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing,” says Tom Whalley, who signed Pac to Interscope Records in 1991. He will be working closely with Jampol and his team on appropriately rolling out the wealth of unreleased material.
Timbaland‘s production discography is arguably the deepest in the game. His staple of genre-crossing sounds have led to many Billboard hits over the years for the likes of Jay-Z, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah just to name a few. Even the uber-talented Kanye West has asked Timbo to lend his hand on one of his best works on his Graduation album. These days, he’s scoring the hit Fox television show Empire. In honor of today being his birthday, we decided to compile a list of his more unknown hits.