One of the most idolized and imitated figures in the rap game, the legacy of Tupac Shakur is truly monumental. The Oakland emcee got his start as a dancer with Digital Underground before making his mark as a top-notch actor and hugely successful solo artist. He released his first album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, followed by starring roles in the films Juice and Poetic Justice. His second album contained the player anthem "I Get Around" and the ode to struggling sisters "Keep Your Head Up." In addition to his rising celebrity status, Tupac also saw numerous run-ins with both sides of the law. In 1994 he released Thug Life, was shot several times in NYC, and was convicted of sexual assault. Me Against The World (1995) debuted at No. 1, while Pac was sitting in jail. Bailed out by Suge Knight, his Death Row premiere All Eyez On Me -- the first hip-hop double album -- featured the hit "California Love" and easily went multiplatinum. On September 7, 1996, Tupac was shot repeatedly in Las Vegas and died six days later. Numerous theories continue to surround his murder; some blame Bad Boy, others think Suge set him up, while legions of believers think he is still alive. Many new albums and c... See More
Tupac Concert Films
Final 24: His Final Hours
Runtime: 48 minThe most successful hip-hop artist of all time, Tupac Shakur has just finished shooting his latest video in Los Angeles. The ultimate gangster-rapper, Tupac says he will one day go out in a blaze of glory. In 24 hours, his prophecy will come true... Although reluctant about going to Las Vegas to play a gig, Tupac eventually relents, and enjoys some high stakes gambling before attending a heavyweight prizefight featuring his friend, Mike Tyson. Pumped up by Tyson's victory, Tupac is himself involved in a violent brawl, and heads back to his hotel to freshen up. When he finally arrives at the club for his own performance, a white Cadillac pulls up and a gunman fires a heavy round of bullets at the rapper's car. Mortally wounded with a punctured lung, Tupac dies six days later in hospital. He is only 25. Featuring archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and interviews with his family and friends, we document the final moments of Tupac Shakur's life.
House Of Blues
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minTupac Shakur is one of the most dominant figures in the history of hip hop. His recording career lasted just five years from 1991 to his murder in a drive-by shooting in 1996 but established a body of work of an exceptionally high standard which achieved massive commercial success.
Tupac Top Tracks
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minIn July 2007 the famous Stravinski Auditorium at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol' Dirty Bastard hits.
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minEminem is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Spanning over 2 decades, he has changed the sound of hip-hop and mainstream music everywhere. His notorious persona and explicit lyrics have caused controversy and offended millions. Chart topping album after chart topping album. Eminem has become one of the biggest musical icons the world has ever seen. This is the story of raps biggest superstar, Eminem.
Classic Albums: Reasonable Doubt
Runtime: 54 minJay-Z has been one of the most influential figures in Black American music since the mid-nineties. Initially as a performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and albums and latterly as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" was his debut album and is still considered by many to be his finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later more polished and pop orientated releases it announced to the world that a new rap star had arrived. This latest addition to the Classic Albums series sees Jay-Z take us back through the whole creative process behind this stunning first release.
Live at Tabernacle 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minLudacris performs live at The Tabernacle in 2008. The show, in support of his sixth studio album, Release Therapy, which won Best Rap Album for the 2007 Grammy Awards, features performances of “Money Maker,” “What's Your Fantasy” and “Runaway Love”.
In Session 2008
Runtime: 40 minSnoop is known primarily for his achievements in the music industry, as a gangsta MC. This live intimate performance features hits like “Drop It Like It's Hot,” “My Medicine,” “Sensual Seduction,” “Waste Of Time,” and many more.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minMusic producer, Apple executive and N.W.A. rapper recently announced that he would be releasing his first album since 1999, featuring guests such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg amongst many others. From his humble beginnings with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, to his brash coming out party with N.W.A., and now as a mentor to some of the greatest recent talent in rap, the Compton-born producer has never eased his stranglehold on the game. Ranked at the top of the Forbes rich list in 2014, Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre is set to become one of the first hip-hop billionaires in the world!