The rap industry was in shock when its two most legendary artists Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were murdered. This led to a hugely controversial case, which has been represented in the new real-time crime drama series ‘Unsolved’. This crime anthology which is based on Greg Kading’s novel named `Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations’ aims to critically show the experiences of the two detectives who solved the case. The series is created and conceptualized by Kyle Long. It showcases the untold stories and unheard tales that were connected with the murder.
The show airs on the USA Network and first premiered on February 27, 2018. It has been received positively by the audience for its excellent narrative and acting by the cast. People are of the opinion that the show is worth watching even if you know everything about the case as it brings about a brand new way of telling the narrative. Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac have had a well-documented feud which falls within the larger scope of the East Coast and West Coast hip hop rivalry. Some of the greatest diss tracks and hip hop songs have come out as a result of these artists trying to one-up each other.
However, it would be naive not to associate the gangster culture of the hoods with these artists and a lot of them boasted about carrying guns and not being afraid to use them. Notably Biggie, in one of his songs ‘Party & Bullshit’, goes on to say “And can I bring my gat? If not, I hope I don’t get shot”. This is just one of the many songs where the rappers have boasted about carrying guns, and the public feud between two of the biggest names in rap at that time caused everyone to take sides. While we did get some fantastic music, it is regrettable the way these giants in their field were killed.
Those interested in old school gangster hip hop will naturally be drawn to the show and critics have praised it as well, saying, “Unsolved’s prestige aspirations don’t always work in its procedural structure, but strong performances and an ambitious spirit to find truth in this real-world mystery create an engaging exploration of two of pop culture’s most notorious influences”.
Unsolved Cast: Who is in it?
For those who have watched ‘Straight Outta Compton‘, you are aware of Marc Rose’s role as Tupac Shakur in the movie, due to their close similarities in looks. In ‘Unsolved’, Tupac is once again played by Rose for the same reason. As for Biggie, Wavyy Jonez, a newcomer has been selected to play the part. The detective Greg Kading, one of the protagonists of the show has been played by Josh Duhamel who is known for his role in ‘Transformers‘.
The second protagonist of the series, Russell Poole is being portrayed by Jimmi Simpson who is famous for his role in ‘Black Mirror‘, ‘House of Cards‘ and ‘Westworld‘, Donald Faison stars as Jacques Agnant and Luke James stars as Sean “Puffy” Combs amongst others. There are several other characters who appear and help portray an accurate picture of the feud at that time and the fallout which came as a result.