For a middle-aged British white man interviewing the rappers' associates, the fish isn't so much out of the water as in the middle of the Sahara. The murders of iconic rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur devastated the hip-hop community and crystallized what were formerly (for the most part) abstract threats of violence on songs. Nick Broomfield, the fearless-and shameless-British filmmaker best known for his two movies on female serial killer Aileen Wuornos and 'Kurt and Courtney,' which investigated the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, clearly knows that he doesn't fit into this world. For a middle-aged British white man interviewing the rappers' associates, the fish isn't so much out of the water as in the middle of the Sahara.
Like 'Kurt,' Broomfield's ostensible aim is to try and figure out the truth of a celebrity death among a labyrinthian maze of lies and deceit. But what you equally get is a fascinating cast of bizarre and shady characters that the Coen Brothers couldn't have dreamt up any better.
Broomfield's movie offers more questions than answers, highlighted by the fact that both murders remain unsolved to this day, but as with many of his films, the journey is just as enlightening as the destination.
'Biggie and Tupac' is available for free at SnagFilms.com.