The estate of Tupac Shakur recently announced the opening of an exhibition in honor of the late rapper. The museum exhibition, entitled Tupac Shakur. Wake me up when i’m free, will first open in Los Angeles on January 21 and then travel to other locations that are due to be released.
According to the exhibition’s official website, “Wake me up when i’m To free is a fully immersive and stimulating experience that explores the life and legacy of the acclaimed artist and activist.
Tupac is best known for his contribution to the music industry as an award-winning, border-defying rapper / hip-hop artist. He released four albums during his life in addition to a collaborative album under his stage name 2Pac. Six posthumous studio albums and one posthumous collaborative album were subsequently released by Tupac’s estate. In the majority of his music, Tupac addresses social issues, such as the inequality seen in disadvantaged neighborhoods, which leads many to consider him an activist.
In 2002, Tupac was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame and in 2017 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was also an actor with roles in Juice (1992), Poetic justice (1993), Above the rim (1994), Ball (1996), Gridlock’d (1997), and Linked to a gangue (1997).
Despite his work and accolades, launching the next exhibition in his name is an attempt to humanize the rapper who was tragically murdered.
“There will be notebooks, song lyrics, poetry, but also everyday stuff like shopping lists and phone numbers on slips of paper,” said Arron Saxe, co-producer of the exhibition. These everyday objects are important in establishing the artist’s legacy “because he and many of these other characters are mythical, larger than life”.
The name of the exhibit comes from Tupac’s 2000 song of the same name which was housed on its The rose that grew out of concrete album.
Photo by Jeffery Newbury.