LOS ANGELES — Tupac Shakur’s handwritten lyrics from typical songs such as “California Love” and “Dear Mama” along with galleries that pay homage to his upbringing and late mother are among the features in a enormous touring museum characterize.
The Shakur Estate announced Tuesday that the “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free ” characterize will open Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. The characterize is described as a fully immersive, thought-provoking museum experience that explores the life and legacy of the late rapper.
Shakur, one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop, died in 1996 from gunshot wounds. He was 25.
The characterize is expected to use six months in Los Angeles with the hopes of touring other cities.
“There are thousands of pieces of paper, handwritten pieces of paper – which is everything from his lyrics to all of the songs and poetry that you know down to a grocery list for a birthday party,” said Arron Saxe, president of Kinfolk Management + Media, who is working with Shakur’s estate. Saxe has worked with estates for other iconic music artists including Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.
“The whole point of this characterize was to not only show the kaleidoscopic character of Tupac, but also show how he is relatable,” Saxe continued. “There are incredible pieces of clothing. This characterize is also a mix of current art and technology too. Many of the artifacts have never been seen before.”
The 20,000-square foot characterize will showcase Shakur’s music, poetry, wardrobe, activism journey and other items in galleries.
One of the galleries will be dedicated to the rapper’s late mother, Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son. She died in 2016.
Saxe said Shakur’s mother is the “guiding light” of the exhibition.
“Afeni was the baddest Black woman to walk the planet,” said Jamal Joseph, the rapper’s godfather and special advisor to the estate, in a statement. “She raised awareness and shifted the air wherever she went. Tupac’s radiance shined brighter than the sun. He lived and moved with creative – revolutionary – fearless-passion fueled speed of a comet. Afeni and Pac challenged, re-imagined, and transformed history.”
Shakur’s estate-sanctioned museum experience is produced in partnership with Universal Music Group, CAA, Round Room Live and Kinfolk Management + Media.
“Tupac Shakur was my Malcolm; he was my Martin, and to build an experience that honors such a prolific man, cannot be summed up in words,” said Jeremy Hodges, whose firm, Project Art Collective, is working with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the creative portion of the characterize. “We wanted to create a noticable experience that will inspire you to be better than when you walked in, all while leaving you with the knowledge that he was a true revolutionary spirit.”
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