Tupac Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes
He is undoubtedly one of the most bestselling artists of all time who has sold over 75 million albums worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His stage name that he’s popularly known of is Tupac Amaru Shakur simply known as Tupac, however his birth name he was ordained with was Parish Lesane Crooks who was born on the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. He is the only son of the political activist Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland who were all active members of the Black Panther Party. Due to the political stance that Afeni was involved in, Pac was born just one month after his mother's acquittal on more than 150 charges of "Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks" in the New York Panther 21 court case. At the age of twelve, Shakur enrolled in Harlem's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as the Travis Younger character in the play A Raisin in the Sun, which was performed at the famous Apollo Theater. In 1986, the family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his second year at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School he transferred to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He performed in Shakespeare plays, and in the role of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. Shakur, accompanied by one of his friends, Dana "Mouse" Smith, as his beatbox, won most of the many rap competitions that he participated in and was considered to be the best rapper in his school. Although he lacked trendy clothing, he was one of the most popular kids in his school because of his sense of humor, superior rapping skills, and ability to mix in with all crowds. He developed a close friendship with a young Jada Pinkett (later Jada Pinkett Smith) that lasted until his death. In the documentary Tupac: Resurrection
, Shakur says, "Jada is my heart. She will be my friend for my whole life," and Pinkett Smith calls him "one of my best friends. He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime." A poem written by Shakur titled "Jada" appears in his book, The Rose That Grew from Concrete
, which also includes a poem dedicated to Pinkett Smith called "The Tears in Cupid's Eyes".
During his time in art school, Shakur began dating the daughter of the director of the Baltimore Communist Party USA. In this documentary of Tupac, you will be primarily exposed uncut and never-before-seen interview at the Clinton Correctional Facility, TUPAC UNCENSORED AND UNCUT: THE LOST PRISON TAPES presents a raw look into Tupac's world, as the rapper riffs on topics ranging from his involvement with gang life to prisons in America to his relationship with his mother. What emerges is a moving self-portrait of an artist who sees himself as fundamentally misunderstood: He may have diagnosed thug life, but he didn't invent it, and he is determined to uplift not destroy the black community. It captures the intensity and passion of a fierce talent, TUPAC UNCENSORED AND UNCUT: THE LOST PRISON TAPES offers a glimpse inside the mind of the enigmatic artist whose music is, in his own words, 'all about life' and the interviewer even insists that this interview is not about your trial, or your court appeals it is about Tupac, the inner man, then, and now.'
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