How Did One Toy Company Take Over 'Pop' Culture?

November 12, 2014

Brian Mariotti's office is absolutely crawling with toys. Recognizable characters from Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics, My Little Pony and the TV show Arrested Development line the shelves and litter the floors. But among all those items, one relatively...


Mike D Explains the Tupac-Biggie Feud

July 29, 2014

Nearly two decades after a coastal feud left Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. dead, the Beastie Boys' Mike D is still trying to make sense of it. "It still boggles my mind," he told Vanity Fair in the interview below. "It escalated so fast." Tupac's...


Tupac Shakur Musical to Close

July 15, 2014

Broadway's first hip-hop jukebox musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me – which was based on the poetry and music of Tupac Shakur and featured more than 20 of the prolific rapper's songs – will close on July 20th. The musical had a lifespan of less...


Tupac's Murder Examined in New Doc

July 2, 2014

Close to two decades after Tupac Shakur died of gunshot wounds following an altercation in Las Vegas, his death remains shrouded in mystery. A segment of the upcoming three-night, six-hour National Geographic Channel documentary The '90s: The Last Great...


Beyonce Drops June Birthdays Playlist Featuring Kanye West, Solange

June 11, 2014

It turns out a lot of great artists have birthdays in June, as exemplified by, of all people, Beyoncé. The singer curated a playlist and posted it to her website, writing, "Enjoy this playlist in celebration of some of the great...


Hear Three Tracks From the Tupac Shakur Musical

May 30, 2014

It was just under a year ago that we first reported that a Tupac Shakur musical was in the works. Back in April, it was revealed that singer/poet Saul Williams was cast in the musical, and with Holler If Ya Hear Me set to start preview performances next...


Kendrick Lamar Spreads 'California Love'

May 2, 2014

NBC's inaugural iHeartMusic Awards, held Thursday night at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, united pop music royalty from across the country. But it was a local rapper who brought the evening's truest passion, as Compton-raised Kendrick Lamar unleashed...


M.I.A., Janelle Monae to Duet New Songs Via Holograms

April 3, 2014

M.I.A. and Janelle Monae are set to blow some minds Thursday night when they not only debut two new duets, but perform them together while on two separate coasts via the technological power/wizardry of holograms, Pitchfork reports. Find Out Which Artists...


Long-Delayed Tupac Biopic Finds a Director

February 12, 2014

After endless false starts and legal battles, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is finally being resurrected. According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled project will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton...


Kanye's Latest Rant: Taylor, Tupac and More

January 21, 2014

Kanye West was characteristically blunt and self-aware as he addressed the ups and downs of his career in a sprawling chat in Interview, telling 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen it was "God, sex and alcohol" that helped him navigate the negative...


Did Tupac Really Audition for 'Star Wars'?

January 7, 2014

Sometime before his death, Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned to play Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Rick Clifford, who worked as an engineer at Death Row Records, said in a recent interview for...


CIA Makes Joke About Tupac's Murder on Twitter

July 8, 2014

The CIA has put its foot down on one of music's biggest mysteries, offering the most definitive (maybe) answer a top-secret intelligence agency can give on matters involving the whereabouts of one of the most beloved smooth operatives: "No, we don't know...


Read Tupac Shakur's Heartfelt Letter to Public Enemy's Chuck D

June 23, 2014

Chuck D has shared a letter that Tupac Shakur wrote to him detailing the respect he had for the Public Enemy emcee. In his tweet, Chuck wrote, "Letter from Pac, but you should have seen mine."  50 Cent Explains Why Tupac Shakur Is One of Rolling...


Hip-Hop's First Jukebox Musical Debuts: Tupac's 'Holler'

June 9, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me is the first hip-hop jukebox musical in Broadway history — and possibly the first in theater history — a genre that's been kind to Abba, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Green Day and Fela Kuti. There isn't a single...


Tupac's Final Words: 'F-ck You'

May 23, 2014

The first police officer at the scene of Tupac Shakur's 1996 drive-by murder has revealed the last words spoken by the late rap legend. And they're not exactly peaceful.  "He looked at me, and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened...


Saul Williams to Star in Tupac-Inspired Musical

April 7, 2014

Actor, poet, artist and musician Saul Williams will star in a new Broadway musical based on the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me, which begins preview performances on May 29th and opens on June 19th at the Palace Theatre. Find Out Where Tupac...


Kurt Cobain, John Lennon in Dutch Beer Ad

March 25, 2014

Dutch brewing company Bavaria has an egregious new ad out for their fruit-flavored beer, Radler, that'll leave you more dumbfounded than a bunch of Clydesdales debating those twins. The spot posits the idea that Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur,...


Tupac Broadway Musical Set to Open in Summer

January 8, 2014

The long-awaited Tupac Shakur musical finally has an opening date. Holler If Ya Hear Me, which is inspired by the late rapper's music, will officially kick off its Broadway run on June 19th at the Palace Theater in New York, while preview performances...



Animated Tupac Talks Life and Death

December 3, 2013

In 1994, Entertainment Weekly writer Benjamin Svetkey asked Tupac Shakur where he saw himself in 10 years. "Best case: in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery. Sprinkled in ashes, smoked up by my homies. Worst case," he corrects himself, "I mean that's the...