Never before seen footage will make its way into a new Tupac documentary which will be released by the Estate.
Although before her passing Afeni Shakur gave her blessings for the ‘All Eyez On Me’ biopic, the two-hour plus movie was never an official release from the Tupac Estate.
The Estate for long have been putting the right pieces in place with hopes of an official Tupac documentary. In 2017, Tom Whalley, Shakur Estate trustee and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur, hired Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson to team up to produce a fully authorized documentary.
One of those pieces to the puzzles was finally put to rest when the Tupac Estate won a three year legal battle. The suit against director Gobi M. Rahimi came to a close in 2019, which resulted with never before seen footage handed over to the Estate.
Ironically that footage was recorded and intended originally for Tupac Shakur’s production company he had created in 1996.
Tupac Shakur along with Tracy Robinson, created a production company. Tupac owned sixty percent of the production company and Tracy owned the other forty percent.
Tracy and Tupac would reunite after his release from prison in 1995. Initially Tracy who had worked as a production assistant for Tupac’s ‘Pour Out A Little Liquor’ music video, also added her then boyfriend Gobi Rahimi to the company as a director and cameraman.
Tracy Robinson would end up giving one-half of her forty percent to Gobi. Gobi is better known for directing ‘Made Niggaz’ and ‘2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted’ music videos for Tupac Shakur, and for his plans of releasing his own Tupac documentary.
For years, Gobi had been trying to generate enough money that would enable him to release a film titled ‘7 Dayz’, which would feature never before seen footage of Tupac weeks before his passing.
Aside from funding issues, the Tupac Estate was not pleased, as according to them Gobi was attempting to cut them out of the profits and wrongfully exploiting the unseen footage without paying up.
Gobi’s fight to remain in possession of the footage after his break-up with Tracy Robinson came in an end. Tracy herself testified against Gobi in court on behalf of the Tupac Estate.
A settlement was reached in February of 2019, which gave Gobi up until March 3rd of 2020 to give up the unseen footage, audio, negatives, prints, and photographs that he had in possession. In return the Tupac Estate will pay Gobi $225,000 and allow him to use and profit off unseen photographs of Shakur in exhibits, as long as the the photographs used are approved by the Estate.
Along with the win over Gobi, the Tupac Estate also obtained a huge victory in 2018 when Entertainment One was obligated to hand over unreleased music that was recorded by Tupac during his time with Death Row records.
These current wins are very important pieces needed to finally produce the official Tupac documentary.
Speaking on the new documentary, Tupac’s aunt is excited about the new project, “I am happy to see this project come to life. This was something that my nephew (Tupac) was very passionate about creating in 1996,” says Gloria Cox.
The goal of the film is for world to see all of Tupac, good or bad. “I feel like we have a team she (Afeni) would be very pleased with. It has never been our intention to rewrite the story of Tupac. Our goal has always been to tell the true story, which has never been done before in such a complete way.”
“My sister always said to me, ‘We are not in the business of defending Tupac. Our job is to allow him to be seen in the most complete way, so his actions, his choices, and his words will allow him to speak for himself.’ I believe this film will do exactly that,” added Gloria.