The attempt to continue to spread the music of the legendary rap artist Tupac Shakur will still persist if Tupac’s mother has anything to do with it. Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, says that she will give her best efforts to make sure all of her son’s music reaches his fans.
The young artist was shot to death in 1996 during a turbulent time for the hip hop culture, his friend turned enemy by circumstances and by the music industry, Christopher Wallace or “Notorious B.I.G.,” was also a casualty of the fued and was shot to death six months after Tupac. Although there had been an ongoing conflict between the East and West Coast outside of the music industry by gang affiliation, Biggie and Tupac were delegated, with the help of the media, to be the faces of representation in the conflict. Their developing careers and the push from their artist affiliates to keep fueling the fire, made them easy targets of violence.
Tupac was known for rapping about his hardships and negative experiences growing up in a bad neighborhood, and many of his fans empathized and could relate to the talented artist. Tupac’s music has been played in rotation on “throw back” or “oldie” segments on radio shows over the years. With the expansion of technology, Tupac was even digitally resurrected as a hologram at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California last year.
Although Tupac’s unreleased music has trickled out throughout the years, Afenti Shakur wants all of her son’s music to eventually be released.
“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans,” Shakur said in a statement reported in Billboard. “My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”
Hopefully we will soon be hearing more music from this legendary rap artist.
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