In conjunction with the recent slew of hip-hop documentaries gracing our televisions, another one of rap’s most beloved luminaries is getting a televised series.
On Tuesday (August 6), FX revealed at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that they are currently developing a five-part docu-series titled Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, about Tupac Shakur, that will be an intimate re-telling of his relationship with his mother, Afeni Shakur. Afeni was a noted civil rights activist, Black Panther member and she famously inspired one of Tupac’s biggest hits, “Dear Mama.” Afeni died on May 2, 2016.
The series will feature interviews from people who personally knew them alongside never-before-heard or seen music, writings and poetry. Acclaimed hip-hop filmmaker Allen Hughes, who brought us classics like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, has been tapped to helm the project.
He also directed HBO’s award-winning 2017 docu-series The Defiant Ones, which centered on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. For Outlaw, Allen worked closely with Tupac’s estate to bring the project to fruition and do it justice.
No release date for the series has been given, but it’s safe to say the series is in good hands and will certainly delve into the legacy of one of rap’s greatest to ever bless a mic.
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