The first teaser of the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Mewas released today (June 16) but some members of the Hip Hop community have already soaked up the long-delayed movie about the late rap legend’s life.
The Game was on hand for a very private screening a few days ago alongside the film’s lead star, Demetrius Shipp Jr., director Benny Boom and producer L.T. Hutton and sung its praises while making the inevitable comparison to the 2009 Biggie biopic, Notorious.
“I’m proud of the homie Benny Boom and L.T. Hutton; I’m proud for Pac, I’m proud for Afeni [Shakur], I’m proud for the entire West Coast,” an energized Game said to Hutton’s Instagram directly following his screening. “I’m proud for Demetrius Shipp; played Tupac. The Tupac movie is the real deal, shit make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon…I don’t mean no…ay…that’s what it is, homie,” he stated.
Notorious essentially made a profit in theaters but wasn’t a critically acclaimed success by any means. Still, the two cinematic universes will be aligned as Biggie actor Jamal “Gravy” Woodard will reprise his role as Pac’s most infamous frenemy.
All bias aside, if a West Coast flagbearer such as Game can be satisfied with such a delicate portrayal of one of his heroes, the film has to be at least worth half the weight in co-signs.
Officially announced in 2011, the Morgan Creek Production has experienced its fair share of potholes on the road to a release; seeing several directorial changes (Antoine Fuqua, John Singleton (twice)) while increasing its unicornian lure with each passing year. With the mammoth box office success of last year’s Straight Outta Compton, the hype to live up to has also multiplied.
However, Game is on board and sources close to HipHopDX have given similar acclaim to the what is to be considered a very rough edit.
Watch Compton’s finest give All Eyez on Me its props below.