FX’s Dear Mama docuseries will feature exclusive footage of Tupac’s baby years, says Allen Hughes.
Director Allen Hughes promises Tupac “super fans” exclusive content for the upcoming Dear Mama docuseries. Part of the exclusive content will be never-before-seen footage of Tupac and never-before-heard audio.
Now with a premiere date of April 21st, the five-part cinematic television event explores two voices, activist Afeni Shakur and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, that could not be silenced. On its premiere, episodes 1 and 2 will air on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Every week after on Friday a new episode will air as the series concludes on May 12th, two days before Mother’s Day.
The series has been in production since 2019 having endured various setbacks and delays. But, Allen Hughes hasn’t lost sight of the mission on hand. Hughes was granted full access by the Tupac Estate to Shakur’s released and unreleased material, writings, and poetry.
As noted by Hughes during FX’s TCA presentation back on January 5th, “super fans” will be thrilled to see footage of Tupac during his baby years.
“Wherever possible, we tried to find archival footage that hadn’t been seen so there’s a lot that we have in the five parts,” said Hughes. “There’s also audio that’s never been heard. And not just some of his acapellas and vocals, there is a lot of stuff of Tupac from his baby years that had never been seen. For Tupac superfans, I believe that two of the most important things in the project is the never seen before. But most importantly, you get to understand why he made certain decisions.”
Tupac’s family, Jasmine Guy, Jamal Joseph, Tim Roth, Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke and more have been confirmed for the series. Snoop Dogg will also contribute to the series and will provide perhaps the series its most emotional moment. According to Allen Hughes, Snoop Dogg was interviewed in the very same hospital room in Vegas in which Tupac laid before passing away. (Also view: Snoop Dogg Interviewed In Tupac’s Vegas Hospital Room)