In the $3 billion dollar industry of hip-hop music, no one has touched as many lives with a microphone as Tupac Shakur. In this never-before-seen footage, see Tupac at seventeen, a young man at the edge of his destiny, spe... more »aking out about injustice on the streets of Oakland. See him at the brink of his stardom, kickin' freestyles with Treach, Biggie and Grand Puba. See him at the shooting range, at home, at the highs and lows of his career, as a man constantly plagued by and provoking the media. See Tupac as never seen before, as the people closest to him knew him. See him as Thug Angel. Directed by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer (Rhyme and Reason), "Thug Angel" takes you beyond the drama of Tupac's notoriety in the press through all-new interviews with friends, collaborators and scholars as they look back on Tupac and define his legacy today.« less
"Unlike past documentaries on Tupac Shakur, who's sole purpose is to make money off of Tupac's name, this DVD is an honest look into the exciting life of Mr. Shakur. Right away you can tell that the people involved in this project were the people that REALLY cared and were involved in Tupac's life. Whether it's his first manager, to his friends from Oakland, or Mr. Humpty himself from Digital Underground (The group Tupac broke into the music business with.). Shock G's memories of 'Pac alone is worth the price for this DVD. He takes us to the days when Pac was barely getting into the music biz and when Tupac started getting attention for his solo work. These stories are hilarious, honest, and endearing. This DVD also includes a lot of Tupac interview footage from when he was a young, innocent, 17 year old, to when he was a full blown thug at the still young age of 25. This project doesn't dwell too much on Pac's death, it's more like a celebration on his life. Also, if you're expecting a lot of footage from his Death Row days, then don't look for it here. Although it does show a few moments, this is more like the Tupac circa '91-'95. As a man points out on here, people make it seem as if Tupac was in Death Row for years, when in actuality, he was only in Death Row Records for a mere 9 months. Watching this DVD makes you feel at times that Pac was an annoying, loud, young man. Which he was, don't make a mistake about that, but what the difference with Tupac was, is that, it was an enjoyable type of annoyance. His charm and charisma could win almost anyones heart. Many people always had the bad impression on Tupac letting the media effect their point of views on Pac. But, as Tupac always said, "Only God Can Judge Me". It's funny how the show Tupac at age 17 saying that he wouldn't dare call women the "B" word, and right after they show him at age 22 saying
... His view on women changed from when he was young when he considered women beautiful, and worthy of praise, then in his late early 20's he despied them. Why? Just read or investigate about his rape trial and you'll get the answer. As Shock G pointed out on here, it is absurd to think that any rapper has to go through the trouble of raping a woman when they can get almost any woman they want on command. Shock G's story of what Tupac said to the Judge during his sentecing, will bring ANYBODY to tears, that is, if you have a heart. The message this DVD is giving is that Tupac was a simple black man with great thoughts and ambitons. Quincy Jones once said that if he would have died at age 25 he would have been considered a struggling Jazz player and nothing else. If Malcolm X would have died at age 25 he would have been known as a street hustler. With this, Quincy makes us realize that Tupac Shakur had HUGE potential. Not only as a rapper, but as an activist, and political leader. A look at this DVD takes you into a journey you never knew of Tupac. Whether you enjoy his music or not, this will MAKE you fall in love with Tupac Shakur. And what better way to bring it to us than being told by his personal close friends and himself?
As far as extras go on here, there is a unreleased track on the menu, and there are extended interviews of the people that knew him best. Also, they show Tupac's mind blowing library collection that will shock you. And there's also never before seen pictures. This is a must have for ALL Tupac fans. Even people who have never even heard of the name Tupac will enjoy this. A look into the life of Tupac Amaru Shakur. The Man, The Myth, The Legend."
The death of Tupac Amaru Shakur left an indelible void...
FanOfTheArts | CA | 08/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"... Thug Angel encapsulates all the reasons why his true fans admired him so much, regardless of what he was caught up in. Tupac Amaru Shakur was the realest and most true prophet that blessed this world. Tupac poured his heart and soul in his music and left us with his beautiful essence that will life forever. Tupac expressed what was in his soul and thus it made him vulnerable. When he died I cried for the longest time because I knew someone so beautiful, intelligent, strong, unique and compassionate had left this earth. It felt like I had lost someone I knew and loved all my life and it's because he gave us his soul in his music and lyrics. I am so grateful that he had a loving mother who reared him in the proper direction, that is truth. Tupac/Makaveli transcended and is truly in a better place.I will always love Tupac Amaru Shakur."
The Real Tupac
clicksyxx | 07/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To see him as an intelligent, well-read, fearless, analytical, funny and caring young man, you gotta see this video. Since I was not a rap fan, I had lumped all the rappers into one group, not so with Tupac. RIP"
This is a good DVD
trifelife | Dallas, TX United States | 04/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm hesitant to buy any of this Tupac stuff because I know a lot of things are being slapped together just to profit off of the name. This is a high quality DVD from the packaging to the menu screens, to the extras. The people that are interviewed on this DVD are people that Tupac himself would have probably chosen if he could, And they give great insight as to who he was. People like Shock G from Digital, Treach from Naughty, Pac's old drama teacher that he lived with for a while, and Pac's half brother Mopreme Shakur. Not to mention Quincy Jones (his son produced the DVD). It would be great if some of the people who try to emulate Tupac's thug ways would try to emulate the other side of him; an avid reader, a thinker, and someone who craved knowledge. The DVD has a list of SEVERAL books that Tupac read, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that we had a few in common. A good DVD to learn more about Tupac, and possibly a great spark to get people learning about other things in life as well."
Life of an Outlaw
clicksyxx | Pascoag, RI United States | 04/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thug Angel was perhaps one of the greater documentarys on 2pacs life I've seen. It is definetly not a waste of money at all. From unseen interviews with Shakur himself (which other DVDs lack) to interviews with Big Syke, Shock G, Mac Mall, Storm, Edi Amin, Johnny J, Kidada, Quincy Jones, and so on. This DVD focuses more on the life on 2pac Shakur rather than just the death of this great man.There are some misinterpretations in this DVD, as some of 2pacs comments come out as seeming racist and we all know he was not. Everybodies in the struggle whether black or white and he's said this many times its unfortunate they didn't include him saying that in the DVD because some parts could really aggrivate some fans.Although, I couldn't have asked for anything more in a DVD, except maybe some Audio made by Pac which is unfortunately missing. However over all this DVD is worth picking up. Thanks to QD3 and everyone involved for putting this together for us, the fans."