Just today, it was revealed that the estate (music, film, name and likeness) of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur has been attained by Jampol Artist Management (who’s current roster includes Doors, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Peter Tosh and Henry Mancini) and that his forthcoming musical releases will be overseen by Tom Whalley, the label executive who signed Shakur to his first record deal.
If you’re reading this and asking “what musical releases?”, things could be about to be getting very interesting as Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, head of his estate and founder of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, released the following statement to Billboard:
“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”
Jeffery Jampol, head of Jampol Artist Management also added:
“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. We will find innovative ways to continue to keep his music, his message, and his legacy alive.”
To date, Shakur, who died in 1996, has registered 11 number 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (the USA album charts) but as I said that could all be about to change.
Do you think it’s right to release the music? Will the quality be there? What producers should they get on board to finish the songs? Do you think we will actually get to hear the new material? Let me know your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the page!