A full-length trailer for the upcoming premiere of the 2Pac-centered FX docuseries Dear Mama has been released. It shows the powerful bond that existed between the late rapper and his late mother, Afeni Shakur.
In a two-minute video posted on Wednesday (March 22), a 17-year-old Pac talks about growing up with his mother and the impact of her activism as a Black Panther had on their relationship.
“My mother taught me to analyze society and not be quiet,” the young rapper says in the clip. “If there’s something on my mind, speak it. Because – I gotta reiterate it – my mother was a Black Panther and she was very involved in the movement.”
There is audio from Afeni as well in the clip. “It was very difficult for me to be a mom, but I knew very well how to protect my children,” she says.
The first two of Dear Mama’s five episodes will be released concurrently with the show’s April 21 launch. The next three Fridays will see the weekly delivery of the final three parts. One day following its network broadcast, Hulu will also stream the episode.
Earlier this year, at a presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press conference, executive producer Allen Hughes, who directed the Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine docuseries The Defiant Ones, provided information about the project.
Hughes said during his interview with the media that finding and using Afeni Shakur and her son’s previously unreleased audio and video content was a top priority for him and his team.
“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,” he explained. “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 2Pac from his baby years that had never been seen.”
“For 2Pac superfans, I believe that two of the most important things in the project is the never seen before [footage],” Hughes continued. “But most importantly, you get to understand why he made certain decisions.”
The title of the new docuseries is taken from a 1995 hit song by 2Pac, in which the late rapper discusses his often stormy relationship with his mother and highlights the parts of his childhood that were marked by poverty and his mother’s addiction.