Nick Cannon found his own way to honor rap legend Tupac Shakur on Tuesday.
To celebrate what would have been the rapper’s 44th birthday, Nick posted a picture of Tupac Shakur on Instagram.
However, unlike many other Tupac tributes posted by celebrities and fans alike, Nick apparently decided against posting an actual photo of the How Do U Want It rapper.
Instead, Cannon posted an animated picture of Tupac wearing a gold chain, gold watch and a red bandana. Perhaps the highlight of the photo, though, is that Tupac Shakur is pictured wearing a red-and-white jersey with an “NCredible” logo printed on the front.
The animated picture might look familiar to longtime Tupac fans and critics, because of the rapper’s pose and overall demeanor. This is primarily because the photo is a modified rendition of an actual photo that was taken of the rapper outside of a New York Supreme Court on July 5, 1994.
In the actual photo, Tupac Shakur was spitting in the direction of nearby reporters as he left the Supreme Court.
In Nick Cannon’s version of the photo, the Detroit Red Hawks team logo was replaced by the official logo of Cannon’s entertainment company — NCredible Entertainment — which the 34-year-old producer and actor founded back in 2009.
Earlier this year, rumors circulated online about Nick Cannon being chosen to play Tupac Shakur in a big-screen biopic.
It did not take very long for those rumors to create a massive flood of negative comments and backlash via social media about the rumored decision. Apparently, fans and critics were not very happy about the idea that a former Nickelodeon child star and the former husband of Mariah Carey would play the late rapper known for his controversial rap lyrics and “Thug Life” mentality.
I pray to God that they do not let nick cannon be in the tupac movie..
— Ashanti Blackmon (@D_BLACK19) May 15, 2015
If Nick Cannon plays Tupac in this movie I might actually cry. Annnnnnnyone else. Please. — Brandon Baker (@Bakes002) April 10, 2015
Fortunately, actor Nick Cannon quickly reacted to the rumors by squashing them with a single tweet of his own posted back in January.
Doing 3 films this year, but sorry Tupac is not one of them.
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) January 17, 2015
One of the movie projects currently in production that feature Nick Cannon is the Spike Lee-directed film, Chiraq which also stars John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes, and Samuel L. Jackson.
— The_News_DIVA (@The_News_DIVA) June 8, 2015
While it has been confirmed that a Tupac Shakur biopic is currently in development, the actor chosen to play the Death Row rapper has not yet been announced.
However, it is apparently clear that Nick Cannon will not be the actor chosen to bring Tupac Shakur to life on the big-screen.
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