Tonight is the premiere of the latest true-crime series, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.. The show will premiere tonight, February 27, at 10pm ET/PT on USA Network. It will dive into the iconic rap artists’ deaths, as investigated by detective Greg Kading and detective Russell Poole. The show will star Josh Duhamel as Kading, and Marcc Rose as Tupac Shakur. Rose also played Tupac in Straight Outta Compton.
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In their review of the show, The New York Times writes, “So the most conspicuous aspect of “Unsolved”… is its certainty. Here is a show that offers answers, a ticktock of the various investigations into the killings that have resulted in no arrests but not, if “Unsolved” is to be believed, in no answers.”
The show draws heavily from former LAPD detectives Greg Kading and Russell Poole, who, though they never met, each fervently investigated the murders of the late rap icons. The series is directed by Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway, one of the brains behind The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
In a recent interview with The Source, actors Marc Rose (who plays Tupac) and Wavyy Jonez (who plays Biggie) opened up about the series. Asked what questions the show will address that the public doesn’t already know, Marcc says, “A few questions “Unsolved” will address are: What actually went down during the investigation of these two murders? Did Voletta Wallace actually sue the LAPD? How did their deaths affect their families and the people around them? Hip hop fans will be enlightened by the amount of information we managed to include in each episode.”
Asked why he thinks such high-profile cases haven’t been solved yet, Marcc says, “Well, unfortunately, most of the people who testified/were involved back in the day are either dead or in jail. Detectives have also been removed from cases so you can only imagine.”
Biggie and Shakur died just six months apart and it has long been believed that their deaths were, in some way, intertwined.