When asked about Kendrick Lamar becoming an artist like Tupac Shakur, John Singleton says “there will never be another Tupac.”
While the countdown for the August release of the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton has officially begun, another biopic has been temporarily halted. XXLMag.com reports that the biopic on the late Tupac Shakur has been put on hold.
While speaking with XXLMag.com, director John Singleton revealed that the film is on hold until they “get it right.” He later commented on Hip Hop artists today lacking the heart that Tupac had.
“Well, we’re putting it on hold for right now,” Singleton said. “I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things. I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see. I’m putting it on hold until it’s right. We’ve got to get it right…The thing about it is, not just that I worked with ‘Pac, but we grew up in a similar environment. Where we’re from, you can’t really understand Tupac unless you grew up Black born in America. What he stood for is far beyond the music that he made. It’s what he stood for as a Black man in America. He was one of those people who had so much heart they could never back down. That’s lacking in a lot of people right now. Especially a lot of MCs.”
During the interview, the film director was also asked to share his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar and the Compton, California rapper’s newly-released album, To Pimp A Butterfly.
“Kendrick Lamar is phenomenal,” he said. “I wouldn’t even call Kendrick a rapper, I would call him a performance artist because he’s somebody that’s channeled his own journey into his art and he’s affected so many people. He’s a great example of somebody who’s pouring his soul out to the world. A lot of other artists are giving the audiences what they think the audiences want and not enough of themselves. I love what he did with this album because he’s really talking about what’s going on right now. There’s a song on there [the live version of “i”], when a fight breaks out and he’s basically having a dialogue, not with just the audience on the track, but everybody that’s listening to the album.”
In regards to the abundance of comparisons between Kendrick and Tupac, Singleton revealed that in his opinion, “there will never be another Tupac.”
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