*The latest edition of PBS’ “Blank on Blank” web series takes on previously unreleased audio from a 1994 interview with Tupac Shakur, originally captured on microcassette.
The video starts off with the late Shakur telling Entertainment Weekly reporter Benjamin Svetkey that his best case scenario in 15 years is “sprinkled in ashes, smoked up by my homies,” but Shakur quickly backtracks and explains that he meant to say worst case.
As with previous episodes of “Blank on Blank”, the video is animated in a very minimalist black-and-white style, save for one frame where Shakur, describing his envelopment by the “press machine,” is depicted as feeding the contents of his veins to a hungry crowd.
The audio captures Shakur at a particularly tense period in his life, and his cartoon alter ego jumps between a number of subjects: his status as a role model, his then-impending trial, his parents’ history with the Black Panther Party, and kissing Janet Jackson.
Most striking, perhaps, is when Shakur describes himself as a John Wayne figure: “Somebody who pulled himself up from their bootstraps. From poverty. From welfare. Now … I’m doing movies. I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play, you know what I’m saying?”
*Suge Knight says he’s on a mission to get Tupac Shakur enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…or other stars on the famous sidewalk will pay the price.
“If they don’t hurry and put Tupac on the Walk of Fame, all the Tupac fans and all the homies are gonna start going down there and just scratching all the other names off,” he told TMZ.
Knight says no celebs will be off-limits when his boys start destroying the stars — including Elvis.
He even took a shot at Diddy while making his argument. (Watch below.)
Additionally, Suge also blasted his Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Iovine — comparing the music mogul to a Ku Klux Klansman (even though Jimmy is now business partners with Dr. Dre).
*Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a Thursday news release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of “Tupac,” the delayed biopic of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
The picture, to be executive produced by Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, will begin filming in February in Atlanta. Afeni, who also runs Tupac’s estate, has given the film rights to Shakur’s extensive music catalog.
The producers are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, with a new draft expected, according to the Los Angeles Times. Still no word on who will star as the rapper or who will direct.
In 2011, Morgan Creek was developing the film, with Antoine Fuqua attached to direct, That draft of the film chronicled Shakur’s prolific rise as a rapper and actor, his legal troubles, his time at Death Row Records and, of course, his 1996 killing, which came at the height of the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry.