Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  45 responses

Elton Brand to Produce the Movie ‘Tupac’

EB is staying busy this summer by co-producing a film about the slain rapper. The Philly Inquirer has the details: “Elton Brand won’t accept failure. Even if it has the propensity to lighten his already deep pockets. That’s probably why the Sixers forward is trying his luck in the movie industry again, this time signing on as a co-producer for the upcoming film ‘Tupac,’ a biopic on the life and death of the West Coast hip-hop artist. This isn’t Brand’s first venture into the movie game. While in Los Angeles as a Clipper, Brand co-founded a small production company called Gibraltar Entertainment. According to a 2006 report from the Los Angeles Times, Brand’s outfit was hit with four separate lawsuits in a year span. Though none alleged any wrongdoing by Brand specifically, the report also claimed Brand dropped $250,000 out of his own pocket to settle a lawsuit. However, with ‘Tupac,’ Brand is merging with powerhouse Morgan Creek Productions. And the flick is being directed by Antoine Fuqua, of the Oscar-winning film ‘Training Day,’ and Afeni Shakur-Davis, Tupac’s mother, will serve as executive producer.”

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    Anything directed by Antoine Fuqua is basically golden. Smart decision by Brand this time


    as long as they dont get poppa doc from 8 mile 2 play him again

  • Zabba

    Carmelo was one of the produces of that excellent Tyson documentary a few years back. NBA ballers can contribute outside of their profession, you best believe!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Man, whoever gets the role of Tupac Shakur has to be one hell of an actor.

  • Rog23

    the boston celtics are full of aspiring actors. Maybe one of then deserves a Chance

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    Shout out and R.I.P. to Geronimo Pratt.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Thought they already had a movie…Resurrection anyone?

  • AD

    lets see waht elton brand got up his sleeve..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Co-sign niQ. “Tupac: Resurrection” was the best way to honor Pac. I don’t know any actor that can play Pac well…..and it especially isn’t Papa Doc from 8 mile so….yeah.

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    Guys who can play Tupac:
    1. Kevin Hart
    2. Tyrese
    3. Young Buck
    4. Taye Diggs
    5. Bow Wow
    6. Romeo Miller
    7. Nate Robinson (lol)

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    +1 for Resurrection. One of the best docs I’ve ever seen. Pac was so much deeper than rap.

  • MikeC.

    I know I’m going to get roasted for this, but I think Tupac is crazy overrated. His Makaveli album was pretty solid, but the rest? Not so much. First couple albums were Public Enemy ripoffs with a West Coast vibe. His double-album with Death Row was just more of the typical blah blah blah gangsta rap. For his legacy, Tupac was just fortunate to be murdered at the apex of his career. Just like most other hiphop artists, he would have started to slip within a few short years and he would have faded into obscurity. Getting shot up doesn’t make your music better.

  • SikhWitIt

    Gary Payton as Pac!

  • MikeC.

    @Philosopher – don’t forget about Ben Affleck. Affleck can play anything. He can even play the car that Tupac was murdered in. Or he can play the gun!

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I’ll be watching. *Goes and bumps Against All Odds*

  • ripslam

    The Don Killuminati was “pretty solid”? I stopped reading there.

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    Lol @MikeC.!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    to think that Pac died at age 25….in todays rap industry/game/thingamagig you’ve got 40 year olds with the material maturity of teenagers….the culture has soo degenerated over the years. Pac was the greatest rapper ever. A poet in its true essence. When today people glorify the guys who can talk about absolutely nothing in 100 different ways and with 100 different metaphors/similes- Pac was a guy who could express 100 different emotions in just few words. God given talent…but an extremely troubled young soul


    Like Chris Rock said, “All the good rappers are dead. Tupac’s dead. Biggie dead. Vanilla Ice still alive”

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    The Don Killuminati is maybe my favorite Pac album. Against All Odds, Bomb First, Krazy, Hail Mary, To Live And Die In LA, Me And My Girlfriend, White Man’s World, etc. So many classic tracks

  • James

    Mike C: I don’t agree with you on Pac, but at least you rehabilitated yourself with the Affleck joke.

    I won’t be captivated by someone playing Tupac in a movie, because I remember when he was alive. I guess anyone born in the late 80s might enjoy it, considering that they probably don’t have so much recollection of him.

  • treetrunks

    hey Mike C, I kinda understand what you’re sayin, but like dfrance21 said Pac was so much deeper than rap. that’s what made him big..lyrically, many mc’s are on another level than him..but made his LIFE a work of art..his life was a performance in itself..he was in the limelight and wanted to use it to express himself in every form and fashion..in movies, photos, music, interviews, actions off cameras..

  • treetrunks

    i mean Pac made his life a work of art

  • Deknowz

    They have to get a new face because whoever takes that role will be known forever as “the guy that played 2-Pac”.

  • idrees

    kobe bryant looks like tupac…

  • Towelie

    Kenyon Martin as The Game
    Will Smith as Robert Horry
    Gary Payton as DMX
    etc etc etc

    But um, shouldn’t Brand be busy working out in the offseason?

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    I hope whoever plays him is not a cornball, or trying too hard. And Makaveli: tha don killuminati was more than “solid” one of his best. Although his best album to me was “Me against tha world” but for those who arent on to Pac like that, youtube has everything

  • O

    I read Bow Wow wants to be cast as one of the Outlaws in the movie. That would take away monster credibility from them even in a movie. I truly hope that they get Gravy to reprise his role as Biggie. That would be dope as hell. But for real, they’re gonna have to go with a no name actor to play Pac cause there’s no current known actor who can do that man justice. Might as well go with a young and hungry actor.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Tupac is alive.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ MikeC: I have to disagree with you on Pac’s first album. He was more than a Public Enemy rip-off; he had an even more militant and extreme “by any means necessary” attitude than Chuck D, but was probably a lot less creative with his songwriting. If anything, that persona was the “true” Tupac, because that whole militant stance was something embedded in his family. His mother and father were both Black Panther Party members, and Geronimo Pratt was his Godfather, so it doesn’t get any realer than that.
    “2pacalypse Now” is still my favorite Pac album. He even quoted Shakespeare’s Macbeth for the chorus to “Something Wicked” lol.
    But I agree with you on the West Coast gangsta period. It’s okay if it’s done well, but I always thought Death Row was played out–as was the East/West rivalry. But he did elevate the genre and help expand it to a wider audience.
    Anyways, the movie will probably be a hit considering just how popular the man was and is now. RIP.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    By “real” I mean for someone who was rapping about that kind of stuff.

  • O

    Me personally, I say Biggie was the greatest rapper ever. Simply because he was able to make more than just gangsta rap records and make em classic. Big Poppa, One More Chance, Hypnotize, and Juicy to go along with street bangers like Who Shot Ya, Warning, Kick In Da Door, etc. NO other rapper aside from Jay has been able to make commercial classics and street classics like Biggie… but Pac was the closest. Yet Pac was more poetic with his classic commercial hits. Dear Mama and Keep Ya Head Up weren’t your everyday commercial club bangers, but they were “commercial” hits that real hip-hop fans will always appreciate and listen to anytime it’s played. Pac was the master at emotional hip-hop music. You could feel what he was saying because of the content and delivery in which he spit it on the mic. Biggie was a rapper/MC. Pac was a poet/MC. His other “commercial” hits like How Do U Want It, I Get Around, Toss It Up – they don’t shake up parties like a classic Biggie club banger. Biggie came into the game with two classic albums. That’s proof of how great he was. Pac needed to heat up and get shot up to drop his classic, Makaveli. 2Pacalypse Now was good, but not classic. Me Against The World was dope, but not classic. All Eyez on Me was OK, but not even great. Toooo many songs that seemed unnecessary. But Makaveli was f*cking incredible. Even some of the Makaveli sequels were better than his actual commercial albums. I wish they would master those joints and release them. But yeah, Pac was the poet of my generation and for that I’ll always love and respect the man.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The overrated one.

  • MikeC.

    I just don’t understand the blind love for someone that was, given the full body of work, mediocre at his craft. He was a militant, political rapper at the beginning I still bump Holla if ya Hear Me from time to time. Dope song. After filming Juice, he seemed to adopt the character and just say “Bishop is gangsta. I’ma be Bishop in real life.” Tupac had so much potential to be a game-changer at a time when rap was sliding away from the conscious era of PE, BDP and Paris towards the typical gangsta rap and he chose to be a gangsta rapper. He was intelligent, a great writer, a great speaker and passionate. He just decided he wanted to be a gangsta rapper like everybody else around him. When it comes right down to it, he might belong in the conversation of the 50 greatest rappers, but he has no business being mentioned in the top 10 much less as the greatest of all time.

  • MikeC.

    @Teddy- his parents were Panthers. So? My parents own a bunch of farmland. I live in the city and grow some peppers and tomatoes in a flower pot. I don’t call myself a successful farmer. I don’t pretend to understand the legacy of the Black Panthers and their impact on the black and inner-city communities. I’m a white farmboy from Canada. I just know that Pac’s musical legacy is as a gangsta rapper. Was he really gangsta? Who knows. Who really cares. In the words of Sean Price “this ain’t no gangsta rap, how many f*ckin’ gangstas rap?”

  • MikeC.

    Not a bad time to start a list. Since the beauty of music is in the ear of the listener, I revise my statement about Pac not being top-10 rappers of all time. He’s not even allowed in the conversation for my top-50 list. For best all-time, I have to go with KRS-One. Been doing it since the mid-80s and still going strong with dope solo and collabo releases. Anyone that steps to KRS gets lyrically roasted.

    Also, maybe Owen Wilson could play Suge Knight in the movie. Owen Wilson is gangsta!

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    @ O, yea they said they want a no name to play Pac. And Mike C, Tupac not in tha top 10??? U trippin but hey thats ur opinion. And Jtaylor, overrated? Brush up on some real Tupac for a while then come back and tell me he’s not in tha top 10 or overrated. KRS one? Lol nice but nowhere near tha impact Pac had on music

  • treetrunks

    hey, there ain’t no best MC, fools…and I really hate it when people argue about who’s the greatest and only bring up Biggie and Pac…

  • treetrunks

    and Kobe does look like Pac, true

  • AD

    biggie for sure aint the best of all time @mike c … he was materialistic rapper at best but i do agree that when you get shot your rap career is lifted … but pac could have been a revolutionary type person….. but back to the greatest rappers it’s all opinionated so w.e but there are rappers out now that are better than biggie, i think people tend to worship dese people too much kinda like how ya worship Michael Jeffery Jordan

  • MikeC.

    @AD – I think you mixed my comments up with someone else. I didn’t even mention Biggie. My all-time #1 is KRS-One. Biggie cracks my top-10 with his debut album alone. His second album was over-inflated. I also don’t worship Michael Jordan. I’m a Knicks fan going back to the late 80′s. Jordan stole Patrick Ewing’s prime. I respect the man’s game, but eff Jordan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    There goes the ultimate hater JTaylor again.

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  • ArabianPrince

    Bottom Line is this:
    Lyrically, he wasn’t the best. A lot of rapper excel is terms of lyricism. My favorite lyricist is Rakim.

    However, when someone asks me who your favorite rapper is. I would say 2Pac. He just had this flare that no other artist can touch. There was something about the way he rapped, the energy he possessed, even the rhymes he spit were dope.

    When people say who the best rapper is, they don’t look at lyricism PERIOD. There are other factors that are considered : voice, rhythm, message, hell even vocab usage.

    Anyways, in the end. It is simply difference of opinion. People might like KRS 1 some might like Biggie. Personally, I think Tupac is the greatest.

    Looking forward to the movie’s release. Let’s hope the actor playing Tupac can release the same energy as the man, I highly doubt it. But who knows.

  • http://Google Shabba

    Get a look a like to play him