Tupac Collaborator Big Syke Has Died
Big Syke has passed away. The rapper known for his collaboration with Tupac in both the Thug Life and Outlawz groups was found dead in his Hawthorne, California home on Monday. Syke was 48 years old, but according to TMZ, sources close to him suggest he died of "natural causes." He is said to have suffered from heart issues and obesity.
Tupac Biopic "All Eyez On Me" Release Date Announced
It's (Instagram) official - 2Pac biopic "All Eyez On Me" has a release date. According to a video posted on IG, the highly anticipated flick will be released on June 16th, 2017 - Tupac Shakur's birthday. If he were still alive, he would be turning 46 years old on that day.
Tupac's "2Pacalypse Now" Released On Vinyl For The First Time
Yesterday (Nov. 13) was the 25th anniversary of 2Pac's debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, and the day before, the album was made available on vinyl for the first time. Though 2Pacalypse Now is the lowest selling of the albums put out by Pac during his all-too-brief career, it is now regarded as some of his best work. He went from a roadie, backup dancer, and occasional emcee for the alternative hip-hop group Digital Underground to a street poet with a firm command of his own voice, and a fearlessness that couldn't be ignored.
Tupac's Handwritten Prison Essay "Is Thug Life Dead?” Sold For $173K
Plenty of Tupac memorabilia has been auctioned off in the past year. This month, a particularly valuable item was auctioned off: a handwritten four-page letter called "Is Thug Life Dead?" that Tupac wrote while incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995. The minimum bid for the letter was $10,000. After 31 bids, it was sold for $172,725. Pac addressed the letter to "young black Americans" and sent the letter to Death Row Records employee Nina Bhadreshwar, but Pac's label blocked the letter from being published.
Tupac Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
To no one's surprise, Tupac has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He will be inducted if he is one of among the top five vote-getters on this year's ballot, which also includes acts like Janet Jackson, Journey, Yes, Bad Brains, Pearl Jam, & Kraftwerk. The winners we will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will take place next April.
Tupac's Bullet-Dented Pendant From NYC Shooting Up For $125,000
Another valuable piece of Tupac memorabilia has been put up for sale. This is by far the most expensive of the recent items. A gold and diamond pendant that was allegedly worn by the late rapper is currently for sale on the site Moments In Time for a price of $125,000.
Tupac's Handwritten Essay "Is Thug Life Dead?" Up For Auction
Every couple of months it seems we hear about unearthed Tupac memorabilia going up for auction. This time around, GoldinAuctions got their hands on a handwritten essay that Pac wrote while he was in prison, which has never been seen before, as well as some platinum plaques belonging to the late, great rapper.
Wyclef Jean Calls Young Thug A "Modern Tupac"
The opening track on Young Thug's latest project, Jeffery, is called "Wyclef Jean," perhaps partly due to its reggae influence. Wyclef Jean himself shows up on the project's final song, which is, for reasons not entirely clear, entitled "Kanye West." Speaking to Pigeons & Planes, the 46-year-old Fugees singer and emcee explains how Thugger had reached out for them to work together and how their Jeffery collab eventually came about. Since their first meeting, Thug and Wyclef have developed a close rapport.
10 Important Tupac Quotes
A fifth of a century after his death, the conversation rages on - is 2pac the greatest rapper of all time? Was his flow as good as Biggie's? Did he really weave words as intricately as Nas? No matter the debater/defacer, one thing is certain: no rapper ever to live had the intensely genuine flow of coherent wisdom (key word is coherent - sorry Yeezy) that Tupac displayed every time he opened his mouth. You heard it here first, folks - Tupac Shakur is the interview GOAT.
Johnny Depp Reportedly Set To Star In Upcoming Tupac & Biggie Film "Labyrinth"
It looks like Johnny Depp will be taking his talents to the big screen to star in a new feature movie from Good Films titled "Labyrinth". The Golden-Globe winner will play the late LA detective Russell Poole, who investigated the unsolved murders of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls back in the late 90's.
Lil Yachty Responds To Anderson .Paak's Subliminal Shots
Yesterday, Anderson .Paak sent out a tweet that some felt was directed at Lil Yachty. "Don't be cocky in the fact that you don't know anything about hip hop history," wrote the Malibu singer and producer. "Real artists are students of the game first." The tweet arrives shortly after Yachty made headlines by admitting in an interview that he couldn't name five songs by either The Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac Shakur.
Lil Yachty Can't Name 5 Songs By Biggie Or Tupac
Lil Yachty, who's just 19 years old, has emerged as a lamentable presence in hip-hop for those who prefer their rappers to be classically trained lyricists. He's had a few squabbles with Ebro, and he even dedicated a song to the HOT 97 host on his latest mixtape, Summer Songs 2, in order to prove that he has more bars than the elder statesmen is willing to admit.
Author Claims Biggie Asked Tupac To Manage Him
New insights into the relationship between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. continue to emerge two decades after the deaths of both hip-hop greats. In a new book entitled "Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap," author Ben Westhoff alleges that Tupac, who was already a big name when Biggie started out, mentored the Brooklyn rapper during the beginning stages of his career. According to Westhoff, Big even asked Pac to be his manager at one point.
Tupac Biopic Reportedly Delayed Due To Conflict Over "Ambitionz Az A Ridah"
There has been talk of a Tupac biopic for years, and just as it finally seemed that a film about the rapper's life would get off the ground, things have been delayed once again. According to TMZ, the upcoming film, All Eyez On Me, has hit a standstill as producer Daz Dillinger and BMG work out who holds the rights to "Ambitionz Az A Ridah," one of the rapper's definitive songs that is featured prominently throughout the film. Daz is not only a writer on the original track, but is directly involved in the making of the movie.
Top Tracks: July 4 - July 10
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
Top 5 Rap Conspiracy Theories
Last night, Gucci Mane responded to rumors that the skinny, mild-mannered Gucci released from jail is in fact a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he said.
Tupac's Life By The Numbers
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Oakland Names June 16th "Tupac Shakur Day"
Today is Tupac's birthday; the late legend would have been 45 years old. If you believe that June 16th should be a holiday, now it is; the City of Oakland has named June 16th "Tupac Shakur Day." Tupac began his career with the Oakland-based crew Digital Underground. In 1991, he sued the Oakland Police Department for $10 million for allegedly beating him for jaywalking. The office of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement announcing June 16th as "Tupac Shakur Day":
The Game: Tupac Biopic "Makes That Biggie Movie Look Like A Cartoon"
The Game was recently invited to attend a private screening of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me" along with the film's director Bennie Boom and star Demetrius Shipp. While hanging out in the lobby after the film had ended, he channeled his inner Roger Ebert and shared an impromptu review. “Tupac movie is the real deal," he said. "Shit make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon.”
Bobby Brown Claims Whitney Houston Had Affair With Tupac
Bobby Brown is gearing up to drop a memoir, titled "Every Little Step," in a few days, however Associated Press was sent a copy early to review and revealed some of the juicy details that Brown divulges within it.