The title says it all: Tupac Shakur was as much angel as outlaw. Unlike some of the other profiles made in the wake of his passing, Thug Angel
doesn't focus only on the first few days of his career or the last few days before his death, but on his entire life. That makes it valuable as much for the fan as for the merely curious. The production was backed by friends and associates and includes never-before-seen material. It's surprisingly evenhanded, juxtaposing footage of Tupac at 17, for example--sounding mature beyond his years--with an interview conducted years later on a shooting range. Passion was still in full effect, but idealism had been replaced by paranoia. Peter Spirer's film is a documentary, not a music video, and contains only snippets of Tupac's work. At its best, Thug Angel
makes a compelling case for his continued relevance as an artist and activist. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
This incredible box set is a must for every fan of the legendary Tupac Shakur, an amazing artist who left a lasting impact on the world of hip-hop music. With music, interviews and much, much more, this is the definitive portrait of Tupac's incredible life. Included are the DVD that tells it all--"Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw"--plus the "Music From and Inspired By Thug Angel" CD; the brand-new Tupac biography "Holler If You Hear Me" by hip-hop intellectual Michael Eric Dyson, author of "I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr," and "Making Malcom: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X"; and the all-new bonus DVD "Off the Cutting Room Floor," with more than three hours of never-before-released footage and rare interviews, including behind-the-scenes footage with Tupac and his crew, an uncut interview with Tupac's stepfather Dr. Mutulu Shakur from Atlanta State Prison, commentary with director Peter Spirer, Producers Quincy "QD3" Jones III and Casey Suchan, commentary and an insightful look at Tupac with producers Leila Steinberg and Tracy Robinson, an extended interview with author Michael Eric Dyson, exclusive Biggie and Tupac footage, unedited interview with Tupac at age 17, full-length Tupac interview and behind-the-scenes at the gun range, never-before-released personal audio recordings of Tupac talking about all aspects of his life and career, and revealing interviews with Tupac's stepbrother Mopreme Shakur, Shock G, Treach, Thuglife, Snoop and Edi of the Outlawz, Big Syke, Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones.