FROM Rob Markman
20th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; his murder is still unsolved. He is one of the most controversial figures in hip-hop and still one of the most influential. Case in point: Kendrick Lamar, considered one of the most important hip-hop artists of his generation, featured a full-on conversation with Tupac on his 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Press Play talks about Tupac’s legacy and his influence on artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, YG, and others.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.