Rights to ‘Ambitionz as a Ridah’ throws spanner in the works.
All Eyez On Me, the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, has reportedly been pushed back to a November release date following licensing issues between BMG and rapper Daz Dillinger.
As reported by TMZ, the problem surrounds the rights to ‘Ambitionz as a Ridah’, from Tupac’s fourth studio album and which the movie is named after.
Dillinger, one half of Tha Dogg Pound, was a producer on the song and claims rights to the track while executives at BMG, the publishing company, say they own all rights. In April, Dillinger sued BMG claiming to be owed $75,000 in royalties.
‘Ambitionz As A Ridah’ features in the biopic’s trailer, released last month. Earlier today, Dillinger took to Instagram to state there was “nothing derailed” about the movie and nothing stopping it from being released. The rapper does have a history of protecting his interests, including sending a cease-and-desist letter to GTA.
All Eyez On Me, the film, has been on and off since 2011. It is directed by Benny Bloom and features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac and Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G. Characters also include Tupac’s late mother, the activist Afeni Shakur, and Puff Daddy.
The new release date means the biopic will miss the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death. However, November is election month in America and in a prophetic, previously unaired clip from 1992, Tupac railed against Donald Trump and his ethics of greed. Who knows, maybe Pac’s spirit will help defeat the Donald.