We’re only about a week away from the official debut of West Coast legend Tupac’s All Eyez on Me biopic, where fans, both old and new, will experience the life and times of the rap icon on the big screen.
While the hope remains high that the team behind the film accurately portrays and represents these pivotal moments of his short 25 years on earth, TMZ reports that there’s even more faith to be found in the reconciliation of two major parties with legendary connections to Pac: Bad Boy and Death Row.
Worry of the West Coast versus East Coast beef revival was a reasonable concern for hip-hop fans worldwide amid news of the biopic, as a Tupac film just wouldn’t be one without such a pressing subject matter. As the driving force behind his death and that of his East Coast rival and fellow rap icon Notorious B.I.G., the consequential conflict between Pac’s Death Row label home and Biggie’s Bad Boy Records home turf before their fatalities also comes into play. But according to TMZ’s sources, this may be the first time ever that both Bad Boy Records leader Diddy and Death Row’s honcho Suge Knight can actually shake hands in agreement.
The site reports that members of production shared that the film’s producer, L.T. Hutton, caught up with both men for a seal of approval regarding their portrayal in the film. Knight, who is currently incarcerated amid a murder trial, was able to get the idea of his portrayal from lawyers, who described his characterization in the movie. Puffy’s approval even came with his greenlight to include Biggie’s infamous Pac diss track, “Who Shot Ya?” in the film, too. Hutton’s pre-premiere initiative to receive blessings from Puff and Knight is also nothing short of necessary, especially after the portrayal controversies that followed up for Big’s Notorious biopic in 2009.
We’re here for it.
All Eyez on Me will be ready for our eyes when it premieres in theaters on Friday, June 16.
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