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Perez Reviews: Holler If Ya Hear Me, The Tupac Musical

What is the takeaway from Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new Tupac Shakur musical, now playing on Broadway???

We're not sure what the message of the show is - and that's not a good thing!

What we do know is that it's bleak, depressing and disappointing on so many levels.

A risky move, the creators and producers of the show decided to NOT tell the story of Tupac. Instead they told a story about gun violence and drugs that was not as effective or powerful as the Shakur songs used throughout the show.

Beautiful is beautiful because it's a real story about real emotions and experiences that we can all relate to.

Same with Motown.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, unfortunately, is trying to be a little too ambitious and feels extremely undercooked.

We didn't need a "traditional" musical about Tupac. Something bolder and braver would have been quite brilliant. An exploration on politics, race relations or a myriad of other issues (many or one) would have been much more effective.

The traditional musical NOT about Shakur that is Holler If Ya Hear Me is lacking the passion and vibrancy that Tupac had.

There is very little dancing, which shocked us.

And there's very little of everything. The set is lacking and the whole production seems like it was done on a budget.

Multimedia, video, illustrations - all that could have added so much more!

This show would have worked better in a small off-Broadway theater downtown… after a lot more workshopping and revisions!

We missed the spunk. We missed the light.

You can miss Holler If Ya Hear Me!

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Tupac Shakur's Legacy Is Heading To Broadway This May! His Music & Life Inspire New Show Holler If Ya Hear Me!

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It has been 17 years since the influential rapper passed away but his music lives on forever, and it looks like his mother is carrying on his legacy!

A new Broadway show inspired by the late Tupac Shakur is headed to the big stage later this year!

Holler If Ya Hear Me, a musical written by Todd Kreidler, is not a biography about the rapper but instead, uses his lyrical genius to portray and create a story about inner city struggle, friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope.

The show is still in its early stages, but production is underway and they're planning on bringing the musical to life by May 26th with an official opening on June 19th at one of Broadway's largest venues, the Palace Theatre!

The production will be directed by Kenny Leon, who is also working on A Raisin in the Sun, and produced by the Dear Mama rapper's mother alongside Eric L Gold, Chunsoo Shin, and Jessica Green.

This sounds like a first for Broadway, with a show being centered around hip-hop and rap music, we think it'll bring a new culture to NYC!

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Tupac Shakur Musical In The Works!

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When we say "Tupac," you say "Musical!" Us: "Tupac!!" You: "Mu-…wait…what?"

That's right, the music of rapper/urban legend Tupac Shakur will hopefully be put to stage soon, as a workshop of the new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is currently ongoing.

The musical, which hopes to hit Broadway by the 2013-2014 season, tells the story of

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Icona Pop Wants To Be Tupac's Secret Swedish Girlfriend! Hear Their New Song HERE!

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It's an electro-dance EXPLOSION!

After performing at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month, Icona Pop blew the eff up!!

They're everywhere these days and, well, WE LOVE IT! Ha, you probably saw that one coming!

Ch-ch-check out the dynamic duo's pop-tastic new track, Girlfriend (above)!

Hmmm, the song's chorus "All I need in this life of sin / Is me and my girlfriend" sounds strikingly familiar!

Probably because it's borrowed from a similarly titled Tupac Shakur song, LOLz!

Hopefully those seXXXy Swedish songstresses send holographic Tupac a royalty check, LOLz!

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Django Unchained's 2Pac & James Brown Music Vid Mashup Is Masterful!

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This song is off the chain!

Literally! It's called Unchained and we love it!!!

This marvelous mashup combines the fantastic funk of James Brown's The Payback, the hardcore hook from one of Tupac Shakur's last singles, and the sweet Western twang of a campfire sing-a-long!

Ch-ch-check out the ah-mazing music video (above) from Quentin Tarantino's heavily nominated film!!

Hopefully holographic 2Pac & the holographic Godfather of Soul surprise the world and perform their cut live, so to speak, at Sunday's Oscars! HA!

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James "Jimmy Henchman" ADMITS To Part In 1994 Tupac Shooting!

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Wow! We guess that inmate was telling the truth the entire time!

Back in June of last year, Dexter Isaac admitted to the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur on behalf of his associate James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, and now, the talent manager - who was found guilty of opeating a drug ring and was indicted for murder last week - has admitted his part in the Quad Studios shooting that led to the famed rapper's ultimately fatal feud with The Notorious B.I.G.!

According to sources, Rosemond was interogatted in nine

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Tupac Was NOT A Homophobe, Was BFFs With Gianni Versace

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Suge Knight doesn't know what he's talking about!

After going on several radio stations recently claiming that the late Tupac Skakur was a homophobe, and alleging that Tupac ended a professional relationship with a hip hop star because he thought the man was gay, Tupac's family says his claims are "totally false."

They're arguing that Tupac not only admired designer Gianna Versace before he died, but the two were actually great friends.

Not only that, but Tupac even participated in a Versace fashion show wearing one of the designer's suits back in 1996.

Good to know.

So, now we can all wipe the sweat off our brows and move on.

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