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(RoRoRo, SoSoSo, FRFR, PaPa, Acap, RHRHRH, PCPCPC, LLL, S, AA, DD, M) Very strong Romantic worldview with socialist, revolutionary, and fatalistic elements and false religious notions and pagan ideas such as rapper denies Hell and says, when people die, it’s probably silence or nothingness, but at best we become angels (therefore, there’s no need for a savior) and man gives thanks to this “god” for what he “got to do” during his life, as well as some anti-capitalism, very strong revisionist history concerning his mother and her work with the Black Panthers and J. Edgar Hoover’s job was to “destroy any black man coming up, and, that’s what they did to the Panthers”, and politically correct identity politics where ethnicity determines nearly everything; 64 obscenities (includes 22 “f” words and six middle finger salutes in photos), one profanity (GD), the difference between “Nigger” and “Nigga” is explained; guns brandished and fired in real life and in movie clips, several men, including main character, seen on hotel security camera beating up another man and then running away; talk of oral sex, men dance on stage and pretend to have sex with inflatable dolls, rapper says he loves women like Prince loves women and enjoys sex without emotional connection; women in bikinis, short skirts, and lingerie and short shorts from music videos; alcohol use at parties and in studios and man talks of drunkenness to keep sanity; talk of smoking weed, man shows several photos of joints in hand, photo of crack pipe and free basing with gas masks, ghetto montage includes syringes and crack babies; and, rude behavior.
GENRE: Documentary/Autobiography/Social Commentary
TUPAC: RESURRECTION is a documentary that tells the life story of late rapper Tupac Shakur by using his own words from clips of interviews and news stories throughout his short life. According to Tupac fans, there are no new revelations in this 90-minute feature. For those who know nothing of this Hip-Hop legend, it is very thorough and well edited. The documentary is filled with Tupac Shakur’s music, concert footage, and videos. The historical still images are skillfully manipulated to make still photos look like they are three-dimensional.
Tupac Shakur was born to change the world. He was a brilliant young artist who not only acted, wrote poetry and rapped, but was poised to lead a volatile new revolution like the Black Panthers called “Thug Life.” In this context, a “thug,” Tupac explains, is not a criminal, but an “underdog.” He said that a thug uses pride, dignity, and strength to overcome being a “nothing.”
Shakur’s writings and rap recordings were heartfelt “newscasts” from the ghetto. He observes in the documentary that nobody cared to stop the Vietnam War until the horrible images from the battlefront began appearing in newspapers and on television. If, through his art, he could only get people to see the horrors of what he experienced growing up, surely America would turn its attention to the war zones of the poor and help to make it right.
Tupac explains that the civil rights leaders, and later the Black Panthers (his mother was a key member), were like hungry and homeless people knocking at the door of a dinner party. When the door opens, it is obvious that there is plenty of food and drink, yet the doorkeeper says that there is none to share. Each time the hungry return they are a bit more desperate and angry, trying to get a share of the food. Tupac says his raps are filled with rage. He and his rap colleagues are now kicking the door in because they are tired of asking nicely.
Shakur’s music struck a chord throughout the country as he was even receiving fan mail from older men in prison that saw Tupac as the leader of “the new Black Power movement.” He says he found every man in America listening to him and asking what his plan is, willing to follow him.
Unfortunately, Tupac Shakur, by his own admission, was young, zealous, and dumb. He had no control over his emotions. He admits that being raised mainly by women that he thinks like a woman, with his emotions, but he is also a young man. Abandoned by his revolutionary, activist father and ignored by his stepfather, his only examples of manhood came from the neighborhood pimps, alcoholics, and drug dealers. He says, “Mom can’t calm you down and reassure you the way a man can. You need a man to teach you to be a man.” Due to the anger born in so many fatherless boys, Tupac would too often shoot his mouth off without thinking, because he was mad at everyone.
The pride that came with his Thug Life leadership position and his uncontrollable mouth becomes Tupac’s downfall. For discerning eyes and ears, TUPAC: RESURRECTION is a great case study in generational sin and reaping what you sow. He says several times that his future is made by his past, and that he cannot change, his destiny is set. Unfortunately, no one was there to tell him of the transforming love of Jesus Christ. While Tupac Shakur reaped what he sowed, he might have experienced the change of heart that causes one to begin sowing a new crop of righteousness – a crop that just might have saved his life.
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SUMMARY: TUPAC: RESURRECTION uses audio from Tupac Shakur’s interviews and news reports so that he tells his own life story. For discerning eyes and ears, TUPAC: RESURRECTION is a good case study in generational sin and reaping what you sow.