Nearly 30 years after his untimely death, the legacy of Tupac Shakur lives on. The Associated Press has reported that Shakur's estate is preparing to launch a museum exhibit called "Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free" in January 2022. Set in Los Angeles, the exhibit will feature Shakur's music, poetry and never-before-seen artifacts.
“Part museum, part art installation, part sensory experience, ‘WMWIF’ will showcase Shakur’s music, poetry and never before seen artifacts in a 20,000 square foot curated space akin to a contemporary art museum. Guests will transition through a myriad of surround sound spaces, rich with rarities embedded in technology," Shakur's estate said in a press release obtained by Variety.
Shakur's estate did not work alone on this effort. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Chief Curator Nwaka Onwusa and creative specialist Jeremy Hodges also played a huge role in shaping this experience. Not to mention, CAA, Universal Music Group, Kinfolk Management and Round Room Live also offered support.
“It is a privilege to be a part of such a monumental project,” Hodges said told Variety about working on the immersive installation.
“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.”
The museum will not only focus on Shakur's life, but it will also highlight his mother's life. According to NBC 4 in Los Angeles, one of the galleries will be dedicated to Afeni Shakur, who Tupac lovingly called his "guiding light" in life.
“Afeni was the baddest Black woman to walk the planet,” Tupac's godfather, Jamal Joseph told NBC 4.
“She raised awareness and shifted the atmosphere wherever she went. Tupac’s brilliance shined brighter than the sun. He lived and moved with creative - revolutionary - fearless-passion fueled speed of a comet. Afeni and Pac challenged, re-imagined, and transformed history.”
"Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free" is set to open on January 21, 2022. Tickets will go on sale during the second week of November.