Tupac Shakur was one of the most influential rappers, and not just of his generation. He was one of the best talents ever to come along. Even though he died young, long before his time, Shakur made a huge impact on the industry and the world at large.
Although there have been a variety of 2Pac documentaries throughout the years, there’s a new docuseries coming out via FX about Tupac Shakur and his mother, Afeni, titled Dear Mama. The trailer for the five-part docuseries came out on Mother’s Day in the United States, and it features a voiceover from Afeni herself over shifting pictures of the rapper.
In the trailer, Afeni says, “It was my responsibility to teach 2Pac how to survive his reality. So, 2Pac do something wrong, take your little sorry self in that corner, get the New York Times and let’s have a debate about it. Not a discussion, a debate. Let me hear what your idea is, stand up, defend it.”
You might remember the 2Pac song of the same title ‘Dear Mama’, which is the inspiration behind the title of the docuseries. The song was released in 1995, and the lyrics reflect some of the themes we may look forward to seeing in the series, “You always was committed/ A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how you did it/There’s no way I can pay you back/ But the plan is to show you that I understand/ You are appreciated/ Lady, don’t you know we love you?/ Dear Mama/ Sweet lady, place no one above you.”
Pac’s mother passed away in 2016, but even though she and Tupac are no longer with us, their legacy continues to live on both in his music and in projects like the docuseries. The release date has yet to be officially confirmed.