Pieces of Tupac Shakur’s legacy are making their way to the Grammy Museum for a new exhibit “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur” to honor the Grammy-nominated rapper.
“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip-hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in a statement. “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.”
Artifacts from Shakur’s early days to his rise to fame, including handwritten notes, lyrics and poetry, performance footage, and his Versace suit from the 1996 awards show will be on display for visitors.
“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,” said Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother in a statement. “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. The world is a better place because of him.”
While the rapper never won a Grammy, he was nominated seven times, including for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Dear Mama,” a tribute to his mother. The estate has been overseen by his mother who will also act as one of the executive producers for Shakur’s upcoming untitled biopic. Filming is set to begin for the film this summer, according to People. The exhibit opens Monday, Feb. 2.