Tupac: Resurrection is a documentary celebrating the life and legacy of the late rap-music artist Tupac Shakur. Narrated by Tupac himself, the movie is a compilation of family video, professional film, news footage and interviews with the rapper, all presenting events that led to his murder. He was raised in the ghetto of New York City in the early 1970s by his activist mother. He states, “The same crime that whites are afraid of is the same crime that blacks are afraid of except the blacks live right next door to the criminals.” His songs reveal a political perspective that flows from his childhood pain and the struggle of the disadvantaged and oppressed. Tupac agrees that his music is graphic and ugly because it expresses reality. He believes that his music diagnosed, not caused, the problem. His hope was that society would see the madness for what it is and make the social change to help our disadvantaged communities.
The music of Tupac, known as the godfather of “gangsta rap,” is popular with children and youth ages 12–21. Despite Tupac’s well-intentioned motives, the message in this movie and the lyrics of his music present a troubling perspective on police brutality, prostitution, poverty and the like. Due to strong language, drug use, violence and sex as well as Tupack’s repeated run-ins with the law, Dove cannot award the Dove Seal to this movie. But if you choose to let your teenager see it, watch it with him or her so that you can discuss it afterwards.