Today, you all have a chance to follow his life journey to stardom through the Lionsgate biopic "All Eyez On Me" directed by Benny Boom (see The Source's exclusive interview with the film-maker below) and produced by LT Hutton.
"She's like his Jiminy Cricket", Graham says of Pinkett, who would go on to marry Will Smith the year after Shakur's death.
Hutton said that he researched the relationship and believes Smith was fairly represented. "It's so hard to make a movie period, let alone one that features as much diversity as this film". She calls the re-imagining of their relationship "deeply hurtful".
Graham spoke to ET in May of 2016 about what it was like portraying her "idol", Pinkett Smith.
However, Pinkett Smith has voiced her displeasure at her depiction in the film, labelling All Eyez On Me's treatment of her friendship with Tupac - which began during high school - as "hurtful". To @KatGraham [who plays Jada Pinkett Smith actress] and @Dshippjr [who plays Tupac] this is no fault of yours. In more commentary, captured by another user, the Queens, NY-bred rap star and showbiz elitist said Pac's biopic disappointingly paled in comparison to that of another West Coast hip-hop legend, N.W.A's box-office breaking Straight Outta Compton.
"I love you." June 16 marks the rapper's birthday.
"I've never been to any of Pac's shows by his request", she added. All Eyez On Me is playing in some smaller cinemas around the world, but don't expect it to bring in the big bucks.
50 Cent has chimed in over the film's controversy calling it "trash". "I always wanted to be a music producer, so, you know, working on that and then just doing my regular job, paying the bills".
"John's a personal friend of mine, but I haven't talked to him about it", Graham said this week.
"Happy birthday Pac, you are cradled in my heart for eternity", she wrote.