Tupac Shakur was convicted of assaulting director Allen Hughes on the set of a music video in 1994. According to witnesses, Pac ordered his entourage of up to 30 people to attack Hughes. Hughes recently differentiated Tupac from Snoop Dogg and made some fascinating statements regarding the late legendary rapper.
While speaking with John Heilemann of Hell & High Water on The Recount, director Allen Hughes made some interesting comments about the late Tupac Shakur. Hughes was asked about the difference between Snoop Dogg and 2Pac in an interview footage released by The Art of Dialogue. Hughes called Snoop the “real street guy out of all these guys” and lauded him for having the foresight to leave Death Row Records.
2Pac on the other hand, while he came up in the inner city or the urban f*cked up ghetto, he’s not a street kid. He’s an artist and an activist. He’s a performance arts kid and he’s delusional. He’s just delusional … in a positive way. You have to be delusional to be a great artist.
The thing I think 2Pac was addicted to the most was when I think back was, when he’s in a room like this and he sees us all reacting to whatever he’s saying, especially her [pointed to a woman in the room], any woman if they’re smiling he goes to 10. You thought 10 was the level, he’s at 50 now. And he’s so charismatic that he lost himself in his power to move a room.
Hughes, the creator of the FX series Dear Mama about Tupac and Afeni Shakur, had originally cast Tupac in the 1993 film Menace II Society. However, Tupac was later fired for “causing trouble” on set. Only a few months after his departure, 2Pac attacked Hughes, resulting in an assault and battery charge. Hughes explained what led to his firing in a 2013 interview with Sway in the Morning.
We would try to rehearse, and he would just say sh*t and do sh*t, get up, and he was just erratic. And I just didn’t understand what was going on. And everyone was laughing because he was funny.
The second day he came in, he noticed it too because he was funny. No one was laughing. So, he said something to me that was confrontational. I said, ‘Come in my office, man. Let’s just me and you come in the office.’
He was going nuts pacing back and forth in my office. He was very, very passionate, and I can’t remember what he was complaining about. But then he said to me across the room, he goes, ‘Why you smiling, N-word?’
Tupac was eventually sentenced to 15 days in jail, 15 days of labor, and 30 months of probation following the assault. Tupac is still considered a hip-hop legend and his legacy will live on in perpetuity. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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