It may be hard to believe that, although 20 years have passed, the murders of hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls remain unsolved. Sure there have been dozens of conspiracy theories as to who murdered the two young artists, and changed the face of hip-hop in the process, but traditional investigations have continuously proved unsuccessful. And despite the amount of time that has passed, fans are still fascinated by the crimes.
And now, USA network, is hoping that TV audiences will be too.
Television’s true-crime phenomenon, led by the hugely successful FX hit The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, proved that there is definitely an audience for a series surrounding a real-life murder case. The deeper question is, perhaps, if hip-hop fans will tune in to USA’s new pilot titled Unsolved, which will attempt to dissect the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls over several episodes.
The pilot is being directed and executive produced by Anthony Hemingway, director/executive producer on the true crime series that sparked the current interest in the genre, FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Written by Kyle Long (Suits), Unsolved, from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, author of the book “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations,” who led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders.
If properly casted, written and directed, this could actually be must-see TV. Clearly Pac and Biggie are still incredibly popular, with Shakur recently securing a nomination for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.