Television Shows

[OP-ED] Will USA Networks’ “Unsolved” Live Up To Tupac & Biggie Fans Expectations?


For years, hip-hop fans and curious onlookers have been pondering one question: Who killed Biggie & Pac? Since their ’92 massacring, many theorists have drawn conclusions in the forms of books and blog posts alike.

We’ve seen the epic Biggie movie with his son, we’ve heard from family members & DJ Funkmaster Flex. One angle we haven’t explored yet is that of the detectives who worked the case. USA Networks new greenlit series, “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G,” seeks to delve deeper into how LAPD Detective Greg Kading attempted to solve the cases, and what he uncovered.

The series is Executive Produced by Anthony Hemingway & Mark Taylor (Hemingway | Taylor), & Co-Exec. Produced by Kyle Long (who also wrote the pilot episode) & Greg Kading (who led the task forces of the investigations & wrote the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.)

From watching a ton of Lifetime biopics, one thing we can say for certain is that fans are expecting accuracy. Not only in how well the storyline matches with actual events that took place in the rappers lives but also how well the actors portray the rappers. That’s what lead to the commercial success of BET Networks’ The New Edition Story and how fans anticipate All Eyez on Me  (the Tupac movie) to deliver.

Delivery and execution are the two biggest factors that come into play when audiences are watching films regarding prominent figures on-screen. Micheal Jackson hasn’t had that luxury, unfortunately, and Prince probably won’t either. But given that the show will center the investigation, fans are looking to hear something we didn’t know before.

That ‘wow’ factor will definitely put the show at the forefront of viewers minds and if it’s true that ‘Unsolved’ would be continued as a show that focuses on the investigations of other famous cold cases, they’ll definitely have to meet the high expectations of viewers with this plot line.

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