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Tupac Shakur

Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Tupac Shakur's murder is one of those stories that has really grown into sort of a modern legend. Don't get me wrong. I am not saying the murder didn't happen. What I'm saying is that the mystery surrounding it has turned into a real collection of conspiracy theories. This documentary attempts to shed some light on one theory of what happened. It's a bit hard to follow because they use various archival footage, phone recordings and more to try to make their case. It sort of feels like the video version of scrap book of random pictures and news clippings cobbled together into a video. Honestly, I'd consider this worth watching. I'd also consider it to be a little sloppy. I can't tell you what I think of the basic premise here, either. I have a tendency to write off most conspiracy theories outright. It's not that I don't believe that some of them can be true. It's because I feel that they require far too many people to be complicit for them to be practical. I just require a higher level of proof for them, and this doesn't provide it. It's an interesting documentary, either way. Just don't have your expectations set too high or you are likely to be disappointed.
 
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2017  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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