Tupac Shakur’s life was tragically cut short in 1996, but the prolific rap icon has continued to live on through strategically released posthumous material. There has been six solo LPs released since Pac’s death, but it appears that there is more music in the stash and the slain MC’s mom plans to put it all out.
“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans,” Afeni Shakur said in a statement issued to Billboard’s website on Tuesday. “My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”
Already, as it stands, Tupac’s posthumous albums make up the majority of his discography. Before he was murdered, Pac dropped four solo albums including the double album All Eyez on Me. His final studio LP The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was completed prior to his death, but released almost two months after he had passed away on September 13, 1996.
Pac’s estate will now be controlled by Jampol Artist Management, a company which also holds the estates of the Doors, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and reggae legend Peter Tosh. The management company will handle licensing, apparel and just about anything else relating to Pac’s music, name and likeness. Pac’s mother will, of course, oversee things, working alongside Tom Whalley, who signed the rapper to his first record deal.
Afeni Shakur assures that JAM will find innovative ways to keep her son’s legacy alive, a sentiment echoed by the company’s founder Jeffrey Jampol. “It’s our responsibility — and our privilege — to ensure that new generations of fans experience the power of Tupac’s music, his ideas and his storytelling,” he said in the statement.
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