QD3 Entertainment is finalizing its "Thug Angel: The Life and Times of Tupac Shakur" documentary DVD, now scheduled for an April 2 release via Image Entertainment. As reported here last November, the
QD3 Entertainment is finalizing its "Thug Angel: The Life and Times of Tupac Shakur" documentary DVD, now scheduled for an April 2 release via Image Entertainment. As reported here last November, the 90-minute "Thug Angel" compiles previously unreleased footage of the rapper, much of it filmed by close friends and associates. A companion audio CD will be released in mid-May.
A press release vaguely states that the CD will be a "tribute featuring friends and family," and a spokesperson was unable to provide more details, saying the disc was still in its "early stages." The DVD, however, will offer more than two hours of bonus material, including full-length, unedited interviews with Shakur.
"Everything that you see is what you would have seen if you were around at the time," says QD3 founder Quincy D. Jones III, the son of music pioneer Quincy Jones, in a statement. "It's not a piece that's done with a specific angle in mind. We shot as it was happening, and we're going to show that -- for better or worse."
The project, which has been more than four years in the making, was begun while Shakur was still alive. "Thug Angel" producer Leila Steinberg was Shakur's manager, and lived with the rapper for a number of years.
QD3 plans to release 12 urban and hip-hop related home video titles through its production agreement with Image, and future projects will feature such artists as N.W.A. and Ice Cube. "The mission for this series is to humanize and validate hip-hop and the people in hip-hop that were important and were doing something important, in a away that traditional media has not so far," says Jones III, who has worked with such artists as Ice Cube, TLC's T Boz, LL Cool J, and Brandy.