Grammy Museum to Open Tupac Exhibit

Grammy Museum to Open Tupac Exhibit

Afeni Shakur donates son's writings, clothing and other belongings for display in Los Angeles.

Published January 16, 2015

Tupac's ambitions as a writer are finally winning him recognition from The Recording Academy.

The Grammy Museum announced a new exhibit dedicated to the revered emcee's solo career (which earned him seven Grammy nods, but no trophies) and harkening back to his Digital Underground days.

His moms, Afeni Shakur, blessed the display, providing memorabilia like handwritten notes from his first post-prison studio session, stage and interview footage, and that Versace suit he wore at the 1996 Grammys (the year of his death), when he was up for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Dear Mama." 

“[The exhibit] It means a lot to me ... Tupac's writings are an honest reflection of his passions for, and about life," Shakur said in a statement. "His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change.”

Robert Santelli, executive director of the museum echoed that sentiment. “Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists," he stated. "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.”

All Eyez On Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur runs from Feb. 2 until April 22.

The Grammy Museum opened its doors in L.A. in 2008 and has featured exhibits for Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and The Beatles, among others.

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Written by BET-Staff

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