经典纪录片:尼克·布鲁姆菲尔德(Nick Broomfield)调查说唱的最致命的仇恨

节日期间的空闲时间?尼克·布鲁姆菲尔德(Nick Broomfield)有趣的纪录片,调查了图帕克·沙库尔(Tupac Shakur)和臭名昭著的B.I.G.的谋杀案。1990年代的东海岸西海岸说唱仇恨使人们引人注目。

Nick Broomfieldmade a name for himself in the 1990s and 2000s as a kind of lo-fi Gonzo documentary film maker covering some of the darker news stories, cultural events and people of the time – Aileen Wournos, convicted serial killer, the death of Kurt Cobain, rock star, and Republican vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin are amongst his subjects.

Perhaps Broomfield’s most famous work is Biggie and Tupac, released in 2002. With the help of a cast of associates of the two rappers, family members, ex-cops and convicted felons, and finally, a shaky interview with imposing and imprisoned Death Row records mogul, Suge Knight, the film maker attempts to unlock the truth behind the killings of two or raps biggest stars of the era. In 2021, close to two decades on, a follow-up, Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie and Tupac was released re-assessing some of the findings from the first film and reflecting on the culture of the hip-hop scene that was the backdrop to the murders.

Fans of hip hop, students of film, or just those fascinated by the noir-ish narratives that led to the terrible killings will enjoy watching Broomfield’s weaving investigation in the first of the two films in which he alleges that Suge Knight was ultimately responsible for both murders, having Tupac shot before he could leave the Death Row records label, and then ordering the shooting of Biggie in an attempt to divert attention from his involvement in the first crime.

整个故事的核心是一个名为Russell Poole的前专家,也是一个名为Kevin Hackie的前骗子,他指控LAPD参与Biggie的谋杀案。自电影发行以来,其事件版本及其证人的信誉已受到质疑and alternatives put forward, most notably that Tupac’s murder was to avenge a beating dished out to a Southside Crip gang member by him and Knight earlier in the evening on the night of the crime.

But whether or not you are ready to give credence to Broomfield’s original investigation, and the unsavoury characters who come forward, it remains compelling stuff. You might well find yourself questioning the veracity of their stories, but watching the film-maker’s low-key, almost amateur approach is enjoyable in itself.

And if you think Biggie and Tupac makes for interesting viewing then you will almost certainly want to follow up with this year’s Last Man Standing, a chance for Broomfield to re-visit the storyline. The premise for the documentary in this case is that Suge Knight has now been locked-up for 28 years for voluntary manslaughter, making associates more likely to speak out as his power wanes. There is further testimony that Knight ordered Biggie Smalls’ killing from prison and there are also more suggestions that the LAPD cooperated, notably from Michelle Parks the daughter of former LAPD chief, Bernard Parks.

在最后一个人的立场上也令人着迷,这是图帕克的形象,它描绘了一个理想主义的年轻人,非常有才华的演员和说唱歌手的照片,他们被吸引到了苏格·奈特(Suge Knight)和死囚牢房的有毒世界中,并付出了最终的代价。“He was a very kind-hearted person,” recalls his friend Demetrius Striplin. “He got lost in the image of being tough.”

Meanwhile, the wider story of the East Coast West Coast feud is expanded upon. It’s tale of anger and retribution been told many times over, inspiring books, movies, and evenonline games。最终,烦人的,完整的tit for tat disses and spiteful swipes at the opposition, simmering away for several years, swirling around the relationship between Tupac and Biggie’s estranged wife, Faith Evans, stoked by Knight and eventually culminating in the two shootings. Above all when you watch these fascinating documentaries you can’t help but be left with a sense of tragedy and regret. With the main protagonists all dead or imprisoned, what was it all for?

Well, now you can find out for yourself … the original Biggie and Tupac film is available on Amazon Prime, whilst the Last Man Standing follow-up can be seen on the BBC iPlayer.

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