Renowned director Allen Hughes recently shared his thoughts on Death Row owner Snoop Dogg, with whom he has been affiliated since the early 1990s. Now, the pair are preparing to release a biopic based on the life of the Doggystyle lyricist.
In a recent appearance on the Rap Radar podcast, Hughes delved into the details of the film and unveiled that it will be the first project released through Death Row Pictures. But before the biopic, he also shared his unique insight into Snoop’s relationship with 2Pac.
The biopic will explain how the ‘Gin And Juice’ rapper (real name Calvin Broadus) acquired Death Row Records but will also delve into the label’s history. It will also shed some light on 2Pac’s time on the label.
In Conversation with Elliott Wilson and Brian ‘B Dot’ Williams, Hughes claimed that Snoop Dogg purposely held himself back to let 2Pac shine while alive. Hughes explained, “You got a guy that was the rockstar of that era, and in the same era, he’s on trial for murder … and thank God, [he] beats the case. And then you got all that little window where Snoop dimmed his light for Tupac.”
He continued, “I never understood that back then. I remember Snoop just dimming his light and letting Tupac shine when Snoop was the guy, ya know?” Many hip-hop figures would argue that 2Pac was more relevant than Snoop Dogg during that period. However, Hughes insinuated that Snoop Dogg could have outshined the late rapper if he wanted to.
Hughes is a well-known director in the hip-hop community and is the man behind films such as Menace II Society and The Book of Eli. Earlier this year, he even released his docuseries on 2Pac, Dear Mama, which received tons of praise and some criticism.
Earlier this year, Broadus released a statement about his biopic in collaboration with Universal Pictures, stating, “I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I’m trying to portray on screen, and the memory I’m trying to leave behind.”