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Posted by Robert
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8/19/2003 6:41:31 PM

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In a world that is often filled with hype, and an industry that thrives off of it and image, it is refreshing to watch a product that stays true to the essence and subject it is about.

2Pac 4 Ever differs from other past biographical films because it focuses on Tupac’s life, message and work, rather than his image, media attention, legal problems and untimely death. What we are left with is an honest portrayal of a man who was often conflicted, but always honest and real to himself, no matter the consequences.

While the subject of his death is examined, instead of pointing fingers at who did it or why, the narrator, legendary rapper KRS One, blames us; the people and fans for letting it happen. Tupac is portrayed as someone before his time, an intelligent man, and a prophet we lost.

The film is presented with a sad feeling and gives the viewer a sense of mourning. Filled with interviews from people who knew him including the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Mike Tyson, Tha Outlawz, Mac Mall, Big Syke, Bizzy Bone and many others. Everyone interviewed shares their feelings about Tupac, their memories of times shared, and lessons learned from the man who everyone agrees was a teacher of the people, a prophet, a leader.

The film is filled with footage of Tupac, ranging from Pac on stage at the House Of Blues, in the studio, to back stage video, to an interview filmed while he was in jail. Some of the footage is previously unseen and other is rare.

The film is well edited and well paced, but the presentation takes a back seat to the raw emotion and feeling that comes through from the feeling of loss that everyone shared, including this viewer and the fans.

This is a must buy for any Tupac fan and any hip-hop fan because Tupac really was an icon of the culture.

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