Veteran hip-hop writer Kevin Powell has landed a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to pen an official biography on the late Tupac Shakur.
According to reports, Powell was given the green light by Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur, to narrate her son’s biography, which will be titled Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography.
“Kevin Powell is doing this Tupac Shakur biography with my full blessings,” Afeni said in a statement. “I trust him and his history of documenting my son’s life, and I know he will do the book from his heart.”
Powell echoed those feelings in a statement, explaining that he understands the importance of the book, not only for the rapper’s fans but also for pop culture.
“It is an honor to write what will be the definitive biography on the life and times of Tupac Shakur, one of the greatest icons in hip-hop and pop culture history,” Powell said.
At press time, there was no date revealed for the book’s release.
According to TheBoomBox.com, an Antoine Fuqua-directed biopic and the documentary, titled “Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes,” is set to drop in January 2011.
The doc will center around previously unreleased footage of an interview Tupac conducted during his stint at the Clinton Correction Facility, where he served time in 1995, before his stint on Death Row Records.