Even though it’s been over 20 years since hip hop superstars Christopher “Biggie” Wallace and Tupac Shakur were murdered, there are still so many unanswered questions. USA Network’s series UNSOLVED: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. looks to explore some of those unanswered questions, and frame the events from the perspective of the detectives who were tasked to crack the case. We spoke with young actors Wavvy Jonez and Marcc Rose, who brought Biggie and Tupac to life, about these hip hop legends and how their legacies continue to impact their lives. Catch up on episodes of UNSOLVED: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. now, and be sure to watch new episodes Tuesdays at 10/9c on USA Network. 

Marcc Rose as Tupac Shakur

This is your second time bringing Tupac to life on the screen. How did it feel getting back into Tupac’s shoes?

It felt great! Just being able to dive all the way into character this time around. My first shot at playing Pac in Straight Outta Compton, was more of a cameo. This time around was very different. UNSOLVED required much more homework on my end.

What does Tupac mean to you? How has his music and legacy impacted your life?

His legacy has affected the way I think, and the way I feel about certain issues. He’s taught me to appreciate people while they’re here on earth, rather than when they’re gone. He was larger than life and I think because of his “media record” many people didn’t appreciate his wisdom until he passed. It’s because of his legacy that I was given this opportunity, which has not only changed my life, but my family’s life as well.

Why do you think Tupac remains so iconic to this day?

I think Tupac remains iconic to this day because he was always for the people. He cared about his community, he wrote and spoke about things a lot of people were scared to speak about. He fought for change as if he were the president of our country. His heart was huge and his legacy will forever live on.

What are you hoping audiences come away with after watching the series? Is there an overarching message you hope viewers come away with?

I’m hoping people are able to see both Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace for who they really were. Not just hip hop artists, but people. I hope people are able to leave with more information regarding their murders than they came in with.

Wavyy Jonez as Christopher Wallace

You beat out hundreds of other hopefuls and landed this part! What was that audition process like, and when did you find out you had landed the part?

It was an open casting call I saw online. I really didn’t know if it was real or not, but I still submitted a video audition. They called me back a few days later to say they wanted to fly me out to L.A. to test for the role. So I flew to L.A. to audition for the producers, and got a call the following day to say I landed the role!

What does Biggie mean to you? How has his music and legacy impacted your life?

Biggie’s music and legacy meant the world to me, simply because he spoke about that dream of wanting to take care of his family… I feel like Biggie represents every ghetto kid’s dream.

How did you get into character for this role?

This is my first acting job, so I prepared for the role by going back and watching old footage and interviews. Reading and watching what people said about him too. I listened to his music a lot in order to get into his head.

What are you hoping audiences come away with after watching the series? Is there an overarching message you hope viewers come away with?

I hope they come away with a clear understanding of what happened to these guys. I also hope people see that it’s not good to leave anything unsaid between you and the ones you love… because tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.

 

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