Tupac Shakur’s song, “Dear Mama,” was inducted into the Library of Congress’ Recording Registry, which preserves “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” recordings that are at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress called the 1995 hit “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”
“Dear Mama” marks only the third hip-hop recording in the Library of Congress following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” and Public Enemy’s album, Fear of a Black Planet. Little Richard’s 1955 hit “Tutti Frutti” and bluesman Howlin’ Wolf‘s 1956 single “Smokestack Lightning” were also among the 25 recordings inducted into the Library of Congress.
The life of rapper and actor Tupac Shakur will be on the big screen soon. Antoine Fuqua, director of films such as Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest, said that he will begin shooting the biopic in September. Fuqua said that he will find an unknown actor to play the rapper that was killed in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996.
“That’s the goal, I want to discover someone new,” Fuqua told DigitalSpy.com. “I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.”
Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is expected to file a $10 million lawsuit Monday claiming that Morgan Creek Productions are trying to sabotage a movie about the late rapper, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
“Instead of negotiating in good faith, they sought to obtain the rights by concocting a non-existent ‘agreement’ and engaging in heavy-handed threats, coercion and intimidation to interfere with and ultimately destroy the film project,” claims Amaru Entertainment, Shakur’s company.