Before the highly-anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me hits theaters later this month, some of hip-hop’s most influential voices sit down for a roundtable discussion.
Moderated by Los Angeles radio staple Big Boy and featuring Too $hort, Problem, Money B, producer L.T. Hutton, and director Benny Boom, the conversation centered around Pac’s incredible legacy and the timeless nature of his music.
Bay Area legend Too $hort, who collaborated with Pac on “We Do This,” explained why Shakur’s music continues to stand the test of time.
“I don’t think he ever made music for that minute, that time, that day, that year,” explained $hort. “He was just writing songs that had a lot of emotion, a lot of truth, and a lot of his personal feelings. When you pour it out like that, it doesn’t make it the hottest song of 1996. It’s just the hottest song, period.”
That legacy will be showcased in All Eyez on Me, a film that is already getting rave reviews from fellow musicians. Producer Terrace Martin — known for his work with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and The Game — gave the film’s creators props for their work.
“This movie was probably one of the most honest things,” he said. “It was upper echelon. It was the shit, man. Y’all motherfuckers did that.”
Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard, and Lauren Cohan, All Eyez on Me opens June 16, on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.