Word about the upcoming musical based on Tupac Shakur's life and work has been circulating since the beginning of the year, but it finally seems to be taking form as a real Broadway experience.

Developed by veteran director Kenny Leon, Holler If You Hear Me had the rapper's music edited for the show with the blessing of Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, who acted as a producer.

"When you look at the lyrics of his music, he was always talking about universal things like honour, betrayal, family," says Leon, adding that "[Tupac] was just trying to talk about life and say something about the country and being an American and raising a family here,"

While the show awaits a theatre, director talks about the cast's (yet to be named) abilities: "We had to have a group that could do hip-hop dance as well as straightforward Broadway musical dance. But above all we needed actors who could tell the story." [via FACT]

Until they find a venue, check out Tupac doing a mean Rick James impression:

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