In this role, Shakur expanded on the dark side he flashed work as Bishop in Juice to play Above the Rim's villain, Birdie, a street hustler who moonlights as a streetball team sponsor. Birdie tries to court the movie’s main character, Kyle Lee Watson (played by Duane Martin), to play for his team—until Birdie’s estranged older brother, Shep (played by Leon), starts to date Kyle's mom and steps in as a father figure. Tupac was able to encompass the ruthless drug dealer role perfectly—a bully drunk with power, willing to eliminate all threats in his way. —Angel Diaz