Over the years Eminem has always been a huge Tupac supporter. Eminem has also gone on to produce songs for Tupac after his passing, as well as produced an entire Tupac album. Not many can say that, if any. Along with his musical contributions to the Tupac legacy, Eminem also wrote Afeni Shakur a heartfelt letter, praising her son, Tupac Shakur.
The 2003 documentary film, ‘Tupac: Resurrection’, presents the life of music icon Tupac Amaru Shakur. It uses interviews, personal photographs and home videos to tell the story of one of the most important voices of the 21st century. The film was narrated entirety in Tupac’s own words.
Appearing in theaters for five weeks, it earned over $7.8 million as of 2008, making it the 21st-highest-grossing documentary film in the US. In addition to the movie, Amaru Entertainment released a soundtrack and an accompanying book, titled ‘Tupac: Resurrection’.
During the documentary, Tupac is interview by Tabitha Soren. Never before seen footage from the interview was released by MTV in 2019. Taking place on October 27, 1995, it would be Tupac’s first extensive interview since his release from prison. In the footage, Tupac talks about all aspects of his life, from the origins of his name to speaking on his father.
MTV Celebrates The Release Of Tupac: Resurrection
In celebration of the release of ‘Tupac: Resurrection’, MTV aired a special promotional program showing snippets from the movie. Notable celebrities including Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Marlon Wayans talk about various aspects of the movie and Tupac’s life. Marlon Wayans starred alongside Tupac in the 1994 movie, Above the Rim.
Talking about ‘Pac’s impact, Marlon draws comparison between him and Malcolm X or Martin Luther King of his generation. Wayans added, “When ‘Pac talked, you listened. He had such an effect in the short time he was here on the generation and culture of hip-hop.”
Jada Pinkett Smith was also featured on the MTV special, where she stated that there will never be another Tupac. Jada says, “There is nobody, nobody like that man. I don’t care how many records you sell, I don’t care how popular you are, there is no comparison none. And I don’t know when they ever will be.”
Eminem writes a letter to Afeni Shakur
Eminem would also share how Tupac was a big inspiration to him and how influential that he’s been in his career. Calling ‘Pac the greatest songwriter to ever live, Eminem tells of how he, above all, connected with him and studied him.
We found out how much ‘Pac influenced the Detroit rapper in a sentimental letter to Tupac’s mother, Afeni. Furthermore, Eminem refers to Afeni as a “true Queen” and says her son inspired his whole career. “When I was feeling at my ‘worst’ (before fame, before Dre), I knew I could put that ‘Tupac’ tape in and, suddenly, things weren’t so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say, ‘F**k the world! This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go f**k yourself!”