With more than 40 years of existence, Hip-Hop has undeniably earned its place in the history books. As such, several institutions have started to honor the culture. Last year, The Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture carved out a place for J. Dilla’s production equipment and it also was announced that a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame would be built in Manhattan.
Now, more than 17 years after his death, The Grammy Museum is honoring the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur with an exhibit called “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.” According to the LA Times, in addition to Tupac’s handwritten notes, lyrics and poems, the museum will include footage from interviews and performances, and memorable outfits such as the Versace suit he wore to the 1996 Grammy Awards.
The exhibit, which will run from February 2, 2015 – April 22, 2015, will cover Tupac’s entire musical career. In addition to his work as a solo artist, there will be memorabilia from his days as part of Digital Underground. Said Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother who is providing the items as the executor of his estate, “It means a lot to me that Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honor my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works. Tupac’s writings are an honest reflection of his passions for, and about life. His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.”
Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, added “Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all Hip-Hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative. It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac’s legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.”
We salute Tupac as one of Pop Culture’s greatest icons. It is heartening to see him and Hip-Hop honored like this and we look forward to their continued celebration in the future.
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