Tupac Shakur Lives Again in Immersive Experience

by Anastasia Deripaska

There’s always something mystical and mysterious about amazing artists that are taken from the rest of us too soon.
The Kurt Cobains and Jimi Hendrixes, Janis Joplins and Amy Winehouses. Rapper Tupac Shakuw certainly fits the bill, which is why his estate recently announced an immersive museum experience entitled “Tupac Shakur. 
Wake Me When I’m Free” which will open in Los Angeles on January 21, 2022, with the expectation of spending six months in the city of Angels before moving on to other American cities. “The whole point of this exhibit was to not only show the kaleidoscopic nature of Tupac, but also show how relatable he is,” said Arron Saxe, president of Kinfolk Management + Media, who is working with Shakur’s estate. Saxe has worked with estates for other iconic music artists including Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.

“There are incredible pieces of clothing. This exhibit is also a mix of contemporary art and technology too.
Many of the artifacts have never been seen before.
”The museum experience will use screens, speakers, imagery, lights, and other effects to create Shaukur’s troubled, tumultuous life.
There are thousands of pieces of paper containing everything from song lyrics to galleries of never-before-seen images of Shakur and his family. “There are thousands of pieces of paper, handwritten pieces of paper – everything from his lyrics to all of the songs and poetry that you know down to a grocery list for a birthday party,”Saxe said.
The immersive exhibit will total 20,000-square feet in all, and include Shakur’s poetry, wardrobe, personal items, and reflect back on his journey from rapper to activist to something more.“Tupac Shakur was my Malcolm; he was my Martin, and to build an experience that honors such a prolific man, cannot be summed up in words,” said Jeremy Hodges, whose firm, Project Art Collective, is working with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the creative portion of the exhibit. “We wanted to create a memorable experience that will inspire you to be better than when you walked in, all while leaving you with the knowledge that he was a true revolutionary spirit.”

Tupac’s Tragedy

By late 1996, Shakur was one of the best-selling rappers of all time and he had broken through as an actor, although his main popularity remained in rap. In 1994, he had been shot during a holdup at a recording studio and had later gone to jail on sexual assault. On September 7, 1993, after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas, Shakur was shot four times while riding in a limousine. He died six days later as a result of internal bleeding. The crime was never solved. Many thought Shakur’s former friend turned rival the Notorious B.I.G. was involved in the shooting, but he himself was killed in a similar incident less than a year later. His murder also remains unsolved.