Hip-hop has been waiting 20 years to see a film about the life of arguably the most iconic rapper to ever grace the earth, Tupac Shakur. Whispers of a film being in the works plagued the industry for years, but it was on Dec. 18, 2015, when the cameras finally began rolling and production commenced on the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me. . is the actor taking on the role of the famed rapper, a face essentially unknown in the entertainment industry. With a strong resemblance to Tupac, the 27-year-old likely just scored the role of his career (and his first professional acting gig).
What many people don’t know is that Demetrius has closer ties to the legendary MC than what appears on the surface. His father was actually a producer for Tupac in his early days at Death Row Records. He helped craft the song “Toss It Up.” Although Shipp Jr. has no recollection of meeting ‘Pac himself, as a kid, he spent much time at the Death Row studio with his dad, Suge Knight and other early members at the storied label. Who knew that one day everything would come full circle for him.
Fast forward two decades later, in 2011, and the then 22-year-old heard about a possible casting for a 2Pac biopic online. After sending in an audition tape, he would wait nearly five years to get the call that he had received the role of a lifetime, ultimately changing his life.