Nick Broomfield unveils ''Biggie & Tupac.'' The ''Kurt & Courtney'' auteur points his lens at hip-hop
Tupac Shakur
Credit: Tupac Shakur: Michael Benabib/Retna

It’s been four years since filmmaker Nick Broomfield shocked Sundance with his controversial, Seattle-scouring doc ”Kurt & Courtney.” But last month, he was back in Park City with ”Biggie & Tupac,” a twisty investigation into the murders of the two hip-hop heavyweights — a story rife with crooked cops, shifty lawyers, and lots of egos (it has yet to secure distribution).

Among the highlights: rare footage of Tupac Shakur, provided by his friends (the rapper’s estate didn’t cooperate with Broomfield, citing their own Tupac projects); cameos by Biggie Small’s mother Marcella Wallace, who guides the British Broomfield through the L.A. hip-hop world; and a rare chat with then-imprisoned Death Row head Suge Knight, whom the film portrays in a less-than-flattering light. So don’t look for Knight at the premiere: ”If you do something you feel is accurate, most people respect that,” says Broomfield. ”Would I watch it with him in the next seat? That would rank high in terms of a nightmare.”

Biggie & Tupac
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