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Biggie and Tupac

Released 2002


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Nick Broomfield
Biggie and Tupac is a 2002 feature-length documentary that chronicles the lives and relationship of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. The film sets out to investigate the murderous deaths of the two rap icons and uncover the hidden agenda of the parties involved. A slew of interviews with fellow rappers, artists, friends, and family mixed with news footage brings this complicated and convoluted unsolved mystery to the big screen in a conspiracy themed package. The film begins by outlining the amazing friendship the two stars had with one another while growing up as youths together and goes further to develop their relationships as rising artists in the same game. The documentary orchestrates seemingly true details surrounding the involvement of Death Row Records executive, Suge Knight, in a master plan to create and East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry in an attempt to increase album sales. The film goes further to say, that when the two parties involved tried to reconcile their differences, it was Knight himself that decided to put an end to those trying to go against his will. Biggie and Tupac is a startling and sometimes unbelievable obvious look into the solving of probably the largest rap and hip-hop tragedies to date.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the better documentaries I'd seen in years -- it plays like a suspense thriller because that's exactly what it is.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Whether or not you buy Mr. Broomfield's findings, the film acquires an undeniable entertainment value as the slight, pale Mr. Broomfield continues to force himself on people and in...

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Broomfield's shaggy p.o.v. always troubles -- blurring the lines between tabloid and serious reportage, morbid curiosity and hard facts, objectivity and amusing, quasi-amateur stun...


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    Documentary, Music


    cultural phenomenon, rabid fan base, original gangsters, inner city streets, Biography