Tupac Shakur

Death Row Engineer Says 2Pac Was Up For “Star Wars” & Tha Realest Posed As Pac On Records

(AllHipHop News) Before Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur was gunned down he was steadily building his career as an actor having already worked in films like Juice, Poetic Justice, and Above the Rim. Former Death Row chief engineer, Rick Clifford, is revealing that the 25-year-old rapper was apparently up for a role in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels as well.

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“We always talked about his film career. He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas,” said Clifford. “They wanted him to be a Jedi. Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part.”

Jackson starred as Jedi Knight Mace Windu in all of the second run of Star Wars episodes- The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Stars Wars Episode I began filming in June of 1997.

Pac was shot on September 7, 1996 and passed away six days later on September 13. Shakur’s last film role was in 1997’s Gang Related. He also appeared in the movies Bullet and  Gridlock’d that were both released after his death.

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Clifford also claims that Death Row rapper Tha Realest was used to imitate Pac on songs in order to keep releasing music under his name. He even accuses Treach of Naughty By Nature of purposely using Tha Realest to sound like Pac on one of his tracks.

“A lot of them Tupac songs that weren’t finished, they put Tha Realest on,” states Clifford. “That’s what fueled all these rumors that Tupac’s still alive.”

Listen to Rick Clifford’s interview with 2PacForumChannel below.

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  • hoeyuno

    That doesn’t surprise me. Em and them used computer ish to get pacs voice on the record em did with Afeni.

  • Andy

    Haha 2pac as Mace Windu would have been dope , although Samuel L still did a very good job.

  • Papi Peligro

    That would’ve been dope. break it up and roll it tight.

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  • The Realest doesn’t really sound like Pac though. He just sounded like a n!gga tryna sound like Pac. They probably pulled that sht on those remixed as songs that nobody gave a fck about.

    • 187onisrael

      yep u can def tell them apart but theres another pac wannabe who sound way more like pac, called kasinova the don. Fatal even has a song with him

      • puffinpiff

        you got the dopest name on this site! FK israhell!

  • don king

    lol how u call urself “the realest” bein a completely imposter???

    • Papi Peligro

      Ain’t no G checks on the phony no more.

      • Jayson C Williams

        Word every rapper uses imagery style and rhymes of others and hardly nobody from their demographic pick sup on it. At least when we took we gave respect like big pun did with the original still not a playa track and included the oj’s in the video and song. so the youth would know. Being fake is in since hates the new love smfh. This generation or time period sucks really no hate/shade facts! I can name 5 rappers of my time that changed entertainment. They can only name jigga and he’s isn’t even from their era

      • beezy

        Yep. Masta Ace’s “No Biting Allowed” sign was shot at and thrown in the trash long ago.

    • Dontoure Smith

      Wondered the same thing since I first found out dude existed

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  • MrNoName2K

    If you listened closely you could clearly tell the slight difference in the voices but ay,..gotta give it to him though, he had alot of suckers fooled.. R.I.P Pac

  • Big Crimes

    all those star wars prequels were garbage. pac dodged a bullet there – no pun intended

    • acapwn

      Maybe but they made a lot of money and it woulda been a lot of exposure for him to folks who don’t listen to hip-hop. It woulda opened new roles for him in the future.

      • Dadon850

        Exactly! Bullet was terrible but it’s all about the people you meet along the way. All stars make duds from time to time. It’s all about networking and getting that next role.

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  • water_ur_seeds

    When Tha Realest first dropped I thought he sounded like Pac, but he doesn’t really sound like him… He sounds like a person doing an exaggerated imitation of Pac… Im sure he played Pac in the Unconditional Love video

  • Obi Won

    Even though it sounds bogus, I wish we did get Pac as Jedi Knight Mace Windu, talk about another level lol.

    • Jayson C Williams

      It doesn’t sound bogus in this aspect.. PAC was the total icon package. Can eliquantly speak his mind, displayed true emotion and was artistically talented. Middle America would of capitalize off his stardom more so then rather than now. He was the real deal. Maybe not “thug-wise” or street wise but all those street guys and thugs loved him. Doesn’t surprise me to hear that he read for George Lucas..

      • Troll_E_G

        Lol, niggaz kill me questioning Pac street cred like they knew him intimately

      • Jayson C Williams

        Well you’re right bro but u sound like u know? Just so happens he went to grand street settlement when he was still living in nyc when he was for performing arts. And all my ppl living in Baltimore said the same thing, he was a regular guy he wasn’t super turnt up like ppl like u wish. But it’s in him thugs don’t do a lot of things he did so stop acting like rappers than and now were the real tough guys on the block cause they weren’t!!

      • Troll_E_G

        You making too many assumptions, what does going to school have to do with street cred….killer Mike sold dope to pay for Morehouse….then u say he was a regular guy like that’s not the obvious…then u assume I’m into trivial shit quoting he wasn’t super turnt up like people like u wish lol…cool ya jets sun…u sounded asinine speaking that blasphemy against the gawd …all I’m saying u don’t know him personally n besides who is u to be judging who real n who not…Pac was bout unity n waking the masses but got caught up n dumb shit like most who never had nothing…RIP

      • Legendary Trolly

        What was he like growing up? I always felt that Pac was lying about his upbringing!

  • Dadon850

    I remember after Pac passed, there was a dude named Black Haze that people swore was Pac. Smh..Nobody, and I mean nobody can be an exact duplicate of Pac.

    • Jayson C Williams

      Nobodyyy! (Kieth Sweat voice)

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  • Jayson C Williams

    Guaranteed… If PAC never met his demise he’d be the epitome and example of a complete artist. This man was talented. Wasn’t the best drawer or actor nor rapper. But he possesed the intangibles that most rappers/entertainers/actors don’t have now… TALENT

    • Apricot Napalm

      whatever bro

      • iamwhoiam

        He’s right. Pac was deep. Very artistic individual.

  • mfactor

    Seriously doubt he was up for the Mace Windu role. Mace was a Jedi Master. they were usually older.

    • iamwhoiam

      Let me find out you on world of warcraft lol

  • 84stickupkid

    At least Tha Realest could claim Death Row unlike the rest of these 2 Pac clones.

    • iamwhoiam

      Man hell naw, dude was a clone. Death Row lost their last “REAL” artist after Pac was murdured. That dude was Suge Knight still trying to make money off the only hot artist he had left. Why u think dude ain’t got sht out NOW?! Sorry bruh, he wasn’t rapping LIKE Pac, he was rapping AS Pac.
      The highlight of his carrer is rapping as another rapper, him and greedy ass Suge should be ashamed. SMH

      • 84stickupkid

        Suge Knight MADE Death Row, he gave that label the gangsta swag. Realest never refered to himself as Pac, he does sound like him but so does Ja Rule, DMX, Master P and C Murder. At times other rappers have also used Pacs style like Willie D, Ice Cube not to mention countless others. I do not think its good to jack somebody style but The Realest and some of the aforementioned did sound tight at rappin like Pac IMO. Many talk crap on Suge but its anotha thing 2 say it to his face.

      • iamwhoiam

        Ok it’s one thing to use somebody’s style, i get that. Every artist you mentioned and didn’t mention may channel a little Pac in their raps,but this guy was being put on unfinished Pac tracks by Suge with the intent of making fans believe it was ALL Pac. Dude never said he was Pac but also never used his name and he sure did use those Pac ad libs, laugh and all.
        If he was so real, how come Suge didn’t start pushin his music after pacs passing? Not so much as a single.
        I’m not discrediting Death Row they did their thing for a minute, but letting dude finish Pac tracks was not a good look for “Tha Row”. And nobody has to say it to his face, everybody knows Suge was greedy. Why you think Pac’s mom took him to court, and everybody left “Tha Row” Tupac died with less than 800k in the bank.

      • 84stickupkid

        When Pac died in 96, the company went under and we were lucky to see ANY DR releases again. If Pac mama cared so much about the mans music, why allow his nu releases to be absolutely butchered. 2 Pac on tracks with Eminem…give me a break. The power of the almighty dollar I suppose. I heard an interview with Big Syke and he says, the way the tracks was originally made was how they was supposed to sound and not to manipulate 2 Pacs vocals. Somehow I would be inclined to agree with him.

      • iamwhoiam

        Nice and comfortable behind my computer? I’m just stating my opinion. Now you just dick riding. Also all that weak Pac shit (like the Em song) wasn’t put out by his mom. Death Row put it out and then the company who bought out DR continued to butcher Pac tracks. Do your research. His mother received back rayalties and SOME unreleased matirial. How would she even know how to release his music? THE LABELS still control that, and she gets Pacs cut.

      • 84stickupkid

        Anyone who love Death Row would not talk down on Suge and IGNORE his contribution…you should thank for the man for Dr Dre being able to make The Chronic because like J Flexx say ”If it wasn’t for Suge Knight, you’d still be workin for Tomica Wright”…

      • iamwhoiam

        Na, you ridding SUGE’S dick bruh. Suge needed Dre as much as Dre needed Suge. Yea I forgot about the Amuru Shady -thing,you right. She doesn’t “RUN” the label so much (look it up). I was a fan of DR, but it’s a fact Suge was greedy man. He f**ked Pac and a lot of other artists on the label. Why you think he stayed gettin sued and ultimately lost the label???
        Yes Death Row was the sh!t dack in tha day,You gotta admit tho ,he had alot to do with the down fall of the label itself. The type of business man Suge was doesn’t stay on top too long. I’m not trying to disrespect your idol, but it’s true.

      • 84stickupkid

        The fedz came down hard on DR after Pac and B.I.G died so the label pretty much folded. Correct, Suge needed Dr Dre and the man (Dre) is LEGENDARY for his early work, no doubt minus his Aftermath dayz IMO. No Suge Knight would have meant no DR.

      • iamwhoiam

        You make some good points…agree to disagree lol

      • iamwhoiam

        DR. DRE MADE DEATH ROW! Not Suge. Ask anybody. “The Cronic” put death row on the map!


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  • Terrance Goodman

    True PAC fans knew who was PAC and who was frauds
    Thug life lives

  • iamwhoiam

    Lolllllllllll, a Jedi screamin “THUG LIFE!”

  • Dan_Tebasco

    Maybe Treach had an agenda of his own, he did use to say on stage that Pac was alive in Cuba… Anyways I’m glad that it wasn’t said that some songs on Tupac’s albums was actually a poser but just songs off of Chronic 2000 (Death Rows kinda crappy double-cd compilation)… Misleading title,,,