Tupac Shakur’s handwritten lyrics to classic songs such as “California Love” and “Dear Mama” as well as galleries that pay homage to his upbringing and late mother are part of a traveling museum exhibit.

LOS ANGELES – Tupac Shakur’s handwritten lyrics to classic songs such as “California Love” and “Dear Mama,” as well as galleries that pay homage to his upbringing and late mother, are part of a traveling museum exhibit.

The Shakur Estate announced on Tuesday that the “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free ”will open on January 21 in Los Angeles. The exhibition is described as a fully immersive and stimulating museum experience that explores the life and legacy of the late rapper.

Shakur, one of hip-hop’s most prolific figures, died in 1996 from gunshot wounds. He was 25 years old.

The exhibit is slated to spend six months in Los Angeles hoping to visit other cities.

“There are thousands of pieces of paper, handwritten pieces of paper – which are everything from his lyrics to all the songs and poems you know to a shopping list for a birthday party,” said Arron Saxe, president of Kinfolk Management + Media, which works with Shakur’s estate. Saxony has worked with estates for other iconic musical artists including Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.

“The purpose of this exhibition was not only to show the kaleidoscopic nature of Tupac, but also to show how he is identifiable,” continued Saxe. “There are amazing clothes. This exhibition is also a mix of contemporary art and technology. Many artifacts have never been seen before.

The 20,000 square foot exhibit 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 her son’s work. She died in 2016.

Saxe said Shakur’s mother is the “guiding light” of the exhibition.

“Afeni was the nastiest black woman on the planet,” Jamal Joseph, the rapper’s godfather and special advisor to the field, said in a statement. “She raised awareness and changed the atmosphere everywhere she went. Tupac’s glow shone brighter than the sun. He lived and moved with the creative – revolutionary – fearless-fueled speed of a comet. Afeni and Pac have challenged, reinvented and transformed history.

The museum experience sanctioned by Shakur’s estate 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 building an experience that honors such a prolific man cannot be summed up in words, ”said Jeremy Hodges, whose company, Project Art Collective, works with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the part. creative exhibition. “We wanted to create a memorable experience that will make you be better than when you walked in, while letting you know he was a true revolutionary spirit.”

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