In an exclusive rare video released by director Kenny Leon, Chadwick Boseman is seen rapping and singing along to Tupac Shakur’s 1996 hit I Ain’t Mad At Cha.
The two-minute video clip stems from an audition in which Boseman participated for the Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, the musical featuring music from Tupac hit the Broadway Palace Theater June of 2014. After 38 performances the musical came to an end.
One year prior during a 5-week workshop, Chadwick Boseman and Christopher Jackson auditioned as seen in the video clip shared on Twitter. Coming close to landing the lead role, Boseman ultimately took on the film ‘Get On up’ instead, leaving his love for theater behind.
In 1996 Tupac would release his debut album on Death Row records after signing with the label thanks to Suge Knight who posted $1.4 million dollar bail for Shakur’s release from prison. Featured on the classic double album was the hit single ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’, in which Boseman and Jackson recite during the 2013 audition.
“Well, guess who’s movin’ up? This ni–a’s ballin’ now / Bi—es be callin’ to get it, hookers keep fallin’ down / He went from nothin’ to lots, ten carats to rock / Went from a nobody n—- to the big man on the block / He’s Mr. Local-Celebrity, addicted to movin’ ki’s / Most hated by enemies, escape in the luxury,” Boseman recites Tupac’s lyrics.
Chadwick passed away Friday (August 29) at the age of 43 after battling colon cancer.