FX’s new docuseries, Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur, has shattered a network record, as 2Pac’s legacy continues to reach new heights.
The five-part series premiered on April 21 and now has the most watched premiere episode for an unscripted series in FX’s 28-year history. Allen Hughes, the director of the series, has given a fascinating take on Tupac’s life, viewed through the prism of his mother, Afeni Shakur.
She was a revolutionary and a member of the Black Panther Party, and 2Pac is arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment, said in a statement that it was only fitting for Allen Hughes’ definitive piece on Tupac and Afeni Shakur to deliver a record performance and that it speaks to Tupac’s enduring legacy.
The docuseries is a powerful portrayal of the dynamic relationship between a mother and son, and Hughes’ examination of Tupac’s life and experiences is sure to fascinate viewers.
Hughes, who directed legendary films such as 1993’s Menace To Society and 1995’s Dead Presidents, as well as the four-part Netflix docuseries The Defiant Ones, tells the story of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
2Pac’s former manager, Leila Steinburg, has spoken about the riveting docuseries, saying it offers comfort to “Pac’s fans and loved ones, and gives an honest picture of the prolific rapper’s life.”
Steinburg, who was close to 2Pac until his death, noted that the music industry was responsible for ‘Pac’s downfall along with his sometimes erratic behavior. The industry is so destructive that executives had more to do with his collapse than anything.
However, despite the tragic end to his life, 2Pac’s enduring legacy continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
2Pac was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was only 25 years old.
Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur is a must-watch series for anyone who wants to learn more about the life of this iconic artist and the complex relationship he had with his mother.