As the June 16 release of Tupac’s biopic All Eyez on Me inches closer, several influential hip-hop figures sat down to voice their views about one of rap’s most storied icons.
All Eyez on Me director Benny Boom, West Coast stars Problem, Too $hort, Money B of Digital Undergound, producer L.T. Hutton and famed radio host Big Boy sat down for a roundtable discussion to speak on ‘Pac’s longevity in music and how he cemented himself as a hip-hop legend in his prime.
“I don’t think he ever made music for that minute, that time, that day [or] that year,” Too $hort said regarding Pac’s longevity in today’s rap scene. “I just think he was writing songs that had a lot of emotions in them and a lot of truth and a lot of his personal feelings. So when you pour it out like that, it doesn’t make it the hottest song of 1996; it’s just the hottest song period.”
“You know, ‘Pac was well-rounded,” recalled Money B, Tupac’s former Digital Underground groupmate. “When we used to be on tour and on the bus, he’ll be in the back of the bus listening to Mariah Carey, reading poetry, or reading some book,” he continued.
In addition to the discussion on his musical influence, the All Eyez on Me team also orchestrated two other panels. One touched on Tupac’s personal style and how it molded hip-hop fashion while the other featured actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. — who takes the lead in the flick — along with his castmates speaking on the film’s portrayal of the late MC.
Watch all the roundtable discussions below, and catch All Eyez on Me when it drops June 16.