Music in forthcoming Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls true-crime series pays “homage” to iconic rappers and “their legacies”

L-R: Wavyy Jonez as Christopher “Biggie” Wallace, Marcc Rose as Tupac Shakur; James Minchin III/USA NetworkThe forthcoming true-crime anthology series, titled Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., will take a look at the murders of iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls

During a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday, series co-producer and music supervisor Lyah Beth LeFlore said that the beauty of this show, when it came to using music by Tupac and Biggie, was the opportunity to explore from 1993 to 2007…,” a time that, for Lyah, felt “like, kind of, the golden [era] of hip-hop and R&B music.”

“The music that you hear in the pilot and that you’ll hear in the series is reflective of the era,” she continued. “We pay homage to Biggie and Tupac, their legacies, what they mean as cultural icons to hip-hop. What you hear, especially in the pilot, is that early sound of Biggie. It’s music that was in the vault, music that was inspired by their relationship.” 

Lyah also credits legendary hip-hop and R&B record producer Eazy Mo Bee for helping to shape the sound of the show. 

Eazy is known for his production skills on Biggie’s debut album, Ready to Die, and on Tupac’s third disc, Me Against the World

Executive producer Kyle Long added that the series itself “is crazy accurate.” “If you made it up, people wouldn’t believe it,” he added. 

“There’s this whole scene [in the pilot] where Biggie and Tupac are running around in the backyard with guns. That really happened. I wouldn’t have put that in the show if it didn’t happen, ’cause it would have been ridiculous.”

The series premiere of Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.Gairs February 27 at 10 p.m. ET on USA.  

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