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Allen Hughes Explains Why He Directed New 2Pac Project After Rapper Fought Him

By Daryl Nelson
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Tupac Shakur famously attacked director Allen Hughes after being fired from the 1993 film Menace II Society

Pac was then slapped with an assault and battery charge.

Now, fast-foward three decades later and Hughes has directed the FX docuseries Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur

Hughes spoke about directing the project on The Breakfast Club and explained why his past beef with Pac didn't stop him. [Jump to the 36:09-mark]

“What kind of b*tch ass sh*t would I be on to first of all not be proud of the icon he’s become and why would I want to sh*t on that?" asked Hughes. "If anything, the reason why I took the job was I want to understand him more ... I’m trying to understand—you go around the world, Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, you see that mural. You don’t see anyone around the world like that. I don’t give a f*ck who it is. You don’t see ‘em in Africa like Tupac … He’s the strange, paradoxical 20th century figure that you can project anything you want to: lover, fighter, saint, sinner, poet, philosopher, violence. Whatever you want to see, you’ll see in Tupac.”

What do you think has made Pac such an icon?

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