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After extensive delays, it seemed like things were finally going according to plan when the first trailer for the upcoming Tupac biopic was released last month on the day of Tupac’s birthday. The film was initially announced in 2011, but it was met with a number of changes to the story and the production crew itself. Now, TMZ has reported that All Eyez On Me will be once again delayed due to a song licensing disputeâthough apparently this may not be the case.
According to the report, Tha Dogg Pound rapper Daz Dillinger, who produced the song “Ambitionz Az a Ridah” that was featured in the trailer, claims he holds rights to the single. Music publishing house BMG objects to this claim, saying that it owns the rights. This conflict would push the release date from Septemberâthe 20th anniversary of Shakur’s deathâto November.
Daz, however, has responded to TMZ’s report Instagram, suggesting that that the film will not be delayed and even gives the film’s director Benny Boom and L.T. Hutton of Morgan Creek Productions (the film company behind the biopic) a shoutout.
Hutton then reposted Dillingerâs video to his own Instagram, confirming that everything is “all good.”
AINT NUTHIN DERAILING NOR STOP'N MY HOMEYZ @lthutton & @bennyboom FROM DROP'N THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME TUPAC ALL EYEZ ON ME BIOPIC B'SIDES #DPG4LIFEMOVIE SO ????????????????U BITCH U
In April, Dilinger sued BMG for more than $75,000 in unpaid royalties. He is also currently working on a film titled DPG 4 Life, which will tell the story of Tha Dogg Pound.