Fans of rap legend Tupac Shakur, whose all-too-short life was revisited for the new biopic All Eyez On Me (now in theaters) might think they know everything there is to know about the late musician and poet, but chances are one story involving the “Keep Ya Head Up” lyricist, who died in a hail of gunfire in Las Vegas at the age of 25 in 1996, hasn’t been translated for the big screen.
Actress Rosie Perez, a once-close friend and confidante of the West Coast entertainer, who met Shakur sometime before his passing in September of 1996, went on to share an heartwarming interaction between herself and the rapper, who was often polarized in the media as being a hardcore “thug” with an attitude problem, with talk show host Wendy Williams in 2015, as The Hollywood Reporter notes.
“I was [invited] to the Soul Train Music Awards [one year] with a guy in the music industry,” Perez noted to Williams, “and [the guy] stood me up 15 minutes before we were supposed to [walk out the door].”
Enter Tupac, who just so happened to have Rosie’s private phone number and called the award-winning actress and former panelist of The View at that very moment, just to check in.
The life of rapper Tupac Shakur is detailed in the new biopic, ‘All Eyez On Me.’ [Image by Robert Kalfus/AP Photos]
“We were friends, [so] he called me up and was like, ‘what’s up?,’” she detailed, which immediately sent Rosie on an instant tear-filled wail about being stood-up by the music exec.
After calming Perez in a way that only Tupac apparently could (“He said, ‘yo, forget that motherf***er!,’” Rosie explained to Williams), the All Eyez On Me figure set loose on calculating the perfect plan to allow his female friend to get the best kind of revenge and incidentally ensure that “all eyez” on the red carpet would be on Rosie that night.
“And he said, ‘[well], let’s go [together], then. I’ll be your date,’” Perez continued.
“He’s going to be so jealous of me and you!”
Although she agreed to allow Tupac to carry her arm as his “plus-one,” Rosie insisted that nothing romantic or sexual ever happened between the two of them before or after their Soul Train Music Awards “date.”
“[At one point], I was looking at ‘Pac and he was looking and at me, and I [asked him], ‘are we supposed to kiss,’” the New York native continued, “and he said, ‘no, because you’re the type of girl that someone marries.’”
Also, unbeknownst to Rosie, Shakur actually had his “eyez” on another very famous friend of Perez’s.
Find out who that was by watching the chat between Rosie Perez and Wendy Williams below (the section on Shakur begins around the 5:45 mark).
The Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me, featuring actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, is now playing in theaters.
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