Think you've got what it takes to portray the embodiment of rap music? Let's be honest: You probably don't, but you can still throw your bandana in the ring and audition online for the starring role in an upcoming Tupac biopic.
There's no guarantee that the role will take your rap career anywhere - hell, look at Jamal "Gravy" Woolard who played Biggie in 2009's Notorious...if you can find him-but it's worth a shot.
Production for the film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest), will begin this summer for a projected 2013 release. The role of the famous rapper is up for grabs, preferably for an "unknown." As of last week, Morgan Creek Productions is hosting its online open casting call through Skee.tv and Karmaloop.
Applicants will be asked to read a scene and perform their favorite Tupac song on camera. If that's you, until April 30 to sign up for acting classes and brush up on your Pac impression.
In Notorious, Anthony Mackie, who also played Eminem's nemesis in 8 Mile, played Tupac. Several Pac fans were surprised at this choice, as many felt that Mackie did not embody Shakur.
Rocks Off has taken it upon ourselves to recommend some potential rappers who might better portray Tupac. Some of them are no-names who have used the late legend's likeness to better market themselves. Others are artists who just need some work.
Blac Haze: There's been some speculation that Blac Haze is actually Tupac. There's no denying the similarities in their voices. His only album, released in 1998, was called Res-Sa-Rec-Shun with a track called "Exit Makaveli, Enter Blac Haze." We don't know where he is or whether or not he's still making music, but this dude should be considered.
Freddie Gibbs: Gibbs made the 2010 "Freshman 10" list for XXL, but he hasn't had much going on since Wiz took all of the limelight to light his rolling papers. The Indiana native is the most recent rapper whose content and performances have been compared to that of Shakur's.
Z-Ro: For as long as Rocks Off has been listening to Z-Ro-which is a long time, we even have "One Deep" tattooed on our back-we've been hearing the unavoidable comparisons to the late Pac. Personally, we don't see the connection, but it could be a good look for the Mo City rapper.
Kasinova The Don: This could finally be Kasinova's time to get some real exposure-he will no longer have to defend himself for biting Pac's style, he can just embrace the similarities and maybe even sell an album.
J-Weav: Remember Jason Weaver? He played Marcus on the Disney show Smart Guy and then got a feature in a short-lived hit with Chingy, "One Call Away." He also voiced "Simba" in The Lion King. His voice might be a little high-pitched to play the role of Pac, but he really deserves an acting comeback.
Ja Rule: When his debut album Venni, Vetti, Vecci came out in 1999, many critics accused the rapper of biting both DMX and Tupac's styles. Eminem even went in on him over the infamous "Hail Mary" beat, rapping "If Pac was still here now, he would never ride with Ja." Ja is in desperate need of some employment anyway; he might be going to jail for five years on weapons and tax evasion charges.
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