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Who Actually Owns The Content Of The Tupac ‘Wake Me When I’m Free’ Museum?

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The start of 2022 was filled with intriguing emotions for the Tupac faithful. Los Angeles became the host of an event, which was greatly anticipated – the opening of the Shakur Museum, where people could walk through the life and deeds of the fallen rap legend. Despite this looking like a dream scenario for all fans, the exhibition seems to have come at the worst time possible. Behind all of the mystery, history, and fascinating artifacts, which are exposed for all to see lies the tale of an unwritten final will and a lawsuit worth millions of dollars for the rights over Shakur’s work and belongings.

The master tapes for 2Pac’s “California Love,” as displayed at “Wake Me When I’m Free.
The master tapes for 2Pac’s “California Love,” as displayed at “Wake Me When I’m Free.



It’s commonly known that the Tupac Estate has been the one, who holds all rights over the late rapper’s intellectual rights, as well as all of the items and properties he left behind. That was much more clear before Afeni Shakur, Pac’s mother, passed away in 2016, leaving everything in the hands of her trustee – music executive Tom Whalley. That might not be so clear-cut anymore.

Tom Whalley
Tom Whalley



About a week before the exhibition launched, it turns out that Sekyiwa Shakur, Pac’s lone sister, had filed a massive lawsuit against the Estate and Whalley, accusing him of embezzling millions of dollars and the rights to all items, which formerly belonged to Shakur himself. The story has it that Whalley was the man who signed Tupac on the Interscope record company in 1991 – the first rapper, who became part of the label. He was appointed in 2015 as manager of Amaru Entertainment, which held a large part of Pac’s intellectual property. Now, almost 6 years after Afeni Shakur’s death, it seems like his name will be mentioned quite a bit.

Sekyiwa and her lawyer believe that much of the possession, which is part of the exhibit at the museum, belong to her, as the true successor to the legendary Tupac. That’s especially valid for the items in the latter part of the exhibition – extraordinary stage outfits, jewelry, and many more. The great rapper’s sister’s name was also featured on a couple of occasions during the tour.



Londell McMillan, the aforementioned lawyer of Sekyiwa, is actually very well acquainted with cases of family disputes over the property of a former fallen legend. Back in the day, he’d represent pop sensations, Michael Jackson and Prince, before both left the face of the earth. In an interview regarding the lawsuit, he admitted that the exhibition is fantastically set up, but adds that it would’ve all been perfect had Shakur’s sister received her part of the act.

Even though Afeni’s trustee agreement officially obliged Whalley to relinquish all the property rights to portable items such as clothes, jewelry, etc., there was a sticking point in the documents. The exception to that is any personal property, which is held primarily for investment reasons. Howard King, who represents the trust of Afeni Shakur, points out that a pair of Tupac jeans might’ve been originally worth 10 dollars, but upon being worn at an album photoshoot, the value sky-rockets to 20 thousand or more. Sekyiwa, on the other hand, accuses Whalley of exploiting the exception, thus deriving her from any sort of items, including some, which hold more sentimental value, than monetary. So to say, it’s actually Whalley who calls all the shots in terms of the items, which are to remain as part of the trust, meaning that Sekyiwa has no real say on the matter whatsoever.

This probably all seems a bit unfair at first sight, but Howard King does have a valid point. As the attorney of the trust, he shed light on the fact that Pac’s sister does have a share in the trust, meaning that any profit, generated from the museum or other activities, involving the Tupac Estate, means that she will also receive a sum of money, amounting to her share. King believes that Whalley and the trust are in their right to try and generate as much income as possible so that everyone can benefit from that. McMillan, however, doesn’t seem to be having any of that, stating indirectly that he and his client will persevere in the battle to obtain some of their belongings, left from the former legend. There will soon be a hearing on the case in court, so only time will tell how this tale will end.

2Pac’s Lyrics as Study Material for Universities: How and Why

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2Pac's Lyrics as Study Material for Universities How and Why
2Pac's Lyrics as Study Material for Universities How and Why

2Pac and his music are so famous and widespread around the world that the chances are that those who don’t even know him – have heard his tunes. Even today, he is known as a generational talent to many worldwide. And several of today’s most prominent artists and rappers continue to see him as their inspiration and idol.

2Pac is what is known as a conventional lyricist. This doesn’t mean that his beats weren’t good or that his tracks didn’t have any thump in them. It just means that his words guided his music in such a way that they resound in the hearts and minds of people more than anything else. But unfortunately for all his fans, he was taken way before his time at the young age of twenty-seven. But no matter what, his music lives on and is still regularly played in clubs, restaurants, classrooms, and homes.

But, how deep do his lyrics and words really go?  After almost twenty-six years since his passing, what good can come from them? Is it worthy of studying – and teaching young learners and other curious minds? This article will look at how and why 2Pac’s lyrics can be used as study material for colleges and universities.

But before we jump into the world of 2Pac, students should also be more attentive about their academic work. Luckily, today’s students can also take the help of various online services specializing in catering to their educational needs. For example, if one is bogged down with a lot of work, they can pay for homework help or get some papers written! Top-rated platforms like Studyfy hire subject-matter experts and professional writers to help students with all their work. And their services are not only affordable but can also improve one’s grades and academic performance.

Back to our topic. In no particular order, here’s how and why 2Pac’s lyrics can work as study material for universities.

1) They Teach the Art & Importance of Self-Expression

“I would rather be stricken blind than to live without expression of mind.”

Even with all the technological aids we have today, several people still find it difficult to express themselves authentically. 2Pac, with his constant energy, zest, and truth, enables people to dig deeper into their consciousness and hearts – and churn out the most authentic parts of their beings so they can learn to express themselves without any hesitation.

Because music is loved by all and because rap has one of the biggest audiences in the US, the works of a great artist like 2Pac can be influential in education. Why? Because it teaches the important lessons of life and spirituality through one of the most soothing forms of expression – music.

2) 2Pac Was Always More Than a Rapper; He Was a Poet

“Real eyes realize real lies.”

Above everything else, 2Pac was an artist, and his primary art form was words and wordplay. In the words of Arvand Elihu (a professor who conducted a Berklee course on 2Pac) – “I realized that he was misinterpreted and that he was literally blessed with the ability to put words together. I started making all these connections with his words and honor and bravery, and I became convinced that his lyrics were poetry. That he’s a modern, contemporary poet of our time.”

During their time at university, students need all the inspiration they can get to harness their knowledge and skills and score better grades. And one of the best ways of doing so could be by including a modern and well-known lyrical genius’s work in their lives. Poets have inspired people around the world for centuries, and 2Pac’s lyrics have the power to do just that! 

3) They Address Several Social & Systemic Issues

“They have money for war but can’t feed the poor.”

Back then, 2Pac was one of the few rappers who rose to fortune and fame despite coming from a neglected part of society. Neither did he have a strong background, wealthy parents, or a clearly defined path in front of him. But instead of complaining, he took what education he got and decided to create his own way. And this choice involved verbalizing and making people aware of the more significant issues his community and race faced daily.

Students and several other people can still learn from the rapper, who many consider in this domain as a prophet. Why? Because he gave his commentary on issues like the drug war and further oppression of the black community – before it became mainstream. His lyrics also drew out several details about various problems that society as a whole was going through.

4) They Teach You Never to Give in or Surrender

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”

Tupac lived a majority of his life in the underbellies of the ghetto world, where he witnessed various forms of oppression. Some came from daily atrocities of ghetto life, while others came from the most oppressive systemic outlook and rules. But despite all of this, he never gave up or caved in. In fact, he fought through everything and made his way through the slush as best as he could.

In the world of education, students may often find themselves in disarray caused by daily tasks and several other institutional and social factors. 2Pac’s lyrics and way of life can teach them not to get bogged down by what’s on the outside – and instead, focus on the inside to improve their lives.

Here are some more reasons how and why 2Pac’s lyrics can be used as study material in universities:

  • His words make people introspect;
  • They inspire and teach people to make the most of what they are born with;
  • They are full of metaphors and life lessons; and
  • His writing is highly intuitive, original, and full of depth.
March 12, 1995-Handwritten- poem by Tupac while in prison to Angela Ardis mother.
March 12, 1995-Handwritten- poem by Tupac while in prison to Angela Ardis mother.

The Bottom Line

Some of the most well-known universities to use Tupac Shakur’s lyrics in their coursework are Boston University and Harvard. Such a step also inspired several other educational institutions to include relevant work from famous artists.

And even if not everyone can ride with the rap style and wave, they could still learn a lot from the lyrical genius and legend that is 2Pac. But students should also not get carried away from the supposed rap lifestyle that most modern rappers live by and should absorb only the most valuable parts.

Back To The Roots: Snoop Dogg Purchase Death Row Records

Back To The Roots: Snoop Dogg Purchase Death Row Records

Life can be a fun little game since you can never really predict what will happen years from now. Snoop Dogg can fully agree with that sentiment since the famous rapper completed a deal, which is not only iconic but must also be incredibly satisfying for him personally. Literally, a few days ago Snoop announced the purchase of the legendary label company Death Row Records – precisely 30 years after his career truly kicked off under the guidance of the exact same company. Who would’ve seen that coming?

Actually, this probably comes as no surprise, since Snoop mentioned a few months back, that he would love to purchase the entire company and have it entirely under his reign. Up until now, the rapper was the creative and strategic consultant to Death Row but it now seems that Calvin Broadus Jr. will be the one to call all the shots in terms of the development from here on out.

The 50-year old purchased the entire shares package from the private equity-controlled MNRK Music Group and took the opportunity to express just how happy he is with the turn of events. Dogg went on the add that the company has “immense untapped future value”, which surely means the hip-hop legend has an idea how to bring back the glory days. Speaking of them, Snoop added that it’s an even more iconic moment for him since he was one of the founding members of Death Row.

The financial terms of the deal haven’t been mentioned. Death Row Records went into bankruptcy in 2006 and was subsequently sold 6 years later. Former owner Suge Knight has had to battle against numerous court accusations over the years. However, Suge is currently serving a staggering 28-year prison sentence for a different reason. In 2015 he ran over and killed a man, whilst driving.

It’s been a dramatic fall from grace for a company with such rich history like Death Row. We just need to rewind the tape and remember that this was the most powerful label in the industry back in the ’90s, accumulating a mind-boggling 100 million dollars in income per year. Aside from the already mentioned Snoop Dogg, the company propelled the careers of numerous other first-class hip-hop artists, including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, The Dogg Pound, and others. Many of the rap romantics would absolutely hope and pray that Snoop would be able to restore the previous glory and be the one to produce platinum-selling records like Dre’s Chronic, Broadus’ “Tha Doggfather” and many others of the level. One way or another, however, the rap world will be thrilled with the news.

Snoop Dogg, now Owner of Death Row Records, said:

“I am thrilled and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire the iconic and culturally significant Death Row Records brand, which has immense untapped future value. It feels good to have ownership of the label I was part of at the beginning of my career and as one of the founding members. This is an extremely meaningful moment for me. I would like to personally thank the teams at Blackstone, MNRK and especially David Kestnbaum, who worked collaboratively with me over several months to make this exciting homecoming a reality. I’m looking forward to building the next chapter of Death Row Records.”

When the announcement of Snoop owning Death Row was made, it wasn’t revealed that the new album comes out on the label as well.

Snoop Dogg – BODR [Bacc on Death Row] [2022]

It’s been a big week for Snoop Dogg. On 09 February 2022, it was announced that the rapper had acquired the iconic label Death Row Records from MNRK Music Group, formerly known as Koch Records and eOne Music.

It’s life full circle for the legendary rapper who came up on the label in the 90s. For the past few weeks, Snoop has been teasing the release of his new album Bacc on Death Row, in time for his highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime performance.

When the announcement of Snoop owning Death Row was made, it wasn’t revealed that the new album comes out on the label as well.

Bacc on Death Row contains 18 tracks in total with guest appearances from Nate Dogg, Nas, T.I., Uncle Murda, Wiz Khalifa, DaBaby, The Game and more. Stream it below.

DL: 2Pac & Outlawz – 1999 – Still I Rise (Instrumentals) Splitted (FLAC)

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DL: 2Pac & Outlawz – 1999 – Still I Rise (Acapellas) Vocal Splitted (FLAC)

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The Story of Tupac’s Shooting With Police Officers in Atlanta and What Actually Happened?

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The Story of Tupac’s Shooting With Police Officers in Atlanta and What Actually Happened?

Controversy is an integral part of the life of every celebrity and a certain Tupac Shakur knew all too well the meaning of the word. As an ardent black activist during the 90’s Pac surely managed to gain many positives, as well as tens of thousands of supporters and followers from all around the world. His endeavors, however, often were the reason for him to get into big trouble with the authorities and have numerous lawsuits filed against his name. The story of Pac shooting it off against two policemen is evidence of that.

The shoot-off

The day is October 31, 1993, Pac was in town for a show at local college Clark Atlanta University and was headed back to his Sheraton Hotel that night. Little did he know that later that evening trouble would come to his doorstep. Tupac was in the front car and upon arriving on the spot, he and his men witnessed a scene, which would trigger the anger of the activist in him. Two white men were beating up a Black male motorcyclist in the middle of the road.

The two men actually happened to be off-duty policemen. Mark Whitwell, 33, a police officer in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, and his wife with Mr. Whitwell’s brother Scott, a 32-year-old police officer in Henry County, and his wife. Scott Whitwell’s wife had recently passed the state bar examination and the two couples were out celebrating.

Scott and Mark Whitwell were crossing the street when the driver had nearly run them over, which triggered an intense confrontation. Shakur hadn’t identified them though, since both brothers were wearing civilian clothes. When he decided to intervene the truth would rear its ugly head in the form of a gun, which Mark Whitwell pointed against Pac.

Officers Scott and Mark Whitwell in court on Dec. 1, 1993.
Officers Scott and Mark Whitwell in court on Dec. 1, 1993.

Shakur, however, was no stranger to the art of shooting. 1993 was precisely the year, in which he most regularly had trouble with the authorities. He was always on alert and carried a gun by his side. From then on, he would permanently switch to the “Thug Life” rebel who trusted no one and lived a life of paranoia.

Witnesses say that Shakur also stuck his weapon out before Mark Whitwell smashed the front window of Pac’s car. The rapper then shot the pair a few times, hitting Mark in the abdominal area, whilst Scott was wounded in the buttocks. 

Shakur gets away without a prison sentence

A mere few hours later Pac was arrested in the hotel. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and was released in the morning on a $55,059 bond until the hearing on December 1st, to determine if the case will be sent to a grand jury. The two officers were released two days later from Grady Hospital. One was wounded in the abdomen, the other was in the buttocks.

Tupac in court December 1, 1993
Tupac in court December 1, 1993

During the first trial a month later the Whitwell brothers admitted to carrying stolen guns with themselves, whilst the discovery was made that both men were drunk during the struggle with Tupac. Worst of all, however, the Whitwell’s were found guilty of lying about whether Shakur was the aggressor or not. The jury discovered that Shakur was merely trying to protect the motorcyclist, who was being assaulted by the two armed men and only pulled out a gun once the Whitwell’s had done the same and started the aggressive confrontation through his own actions. 

Tupac in court December 1, 1993
Tupac in court December 1, 1993

Ultimately all charges against Shakur were dropped, whilst Mark Whitwell was charged for alleged shooting at Pac’s car. There wasn’t an actual shooting aimed against the car, but the detectives seem to have made an error of judgment because of the act of violence, which saw the front window broken. Whitwell was also prosecuted for giving false information away. These charges were also dropped by the jury soon afterward, and Mark simply resigned from his job as a policeman half a year later. The moral victory definitely belonged to Shakur. 

Strangely enough, that wasn’t the end of the tale. The Whitwell’s decided to turn their wants to the civil court, suing the Tupac Estate for a staggering 2 million dollars. The lawsuit was actually filled by Scott Whitwell, whilst Mark’s complaints were fulfilled outside of court. The decision was for a default judgment against the Tupac Estate in 1998 – two years after Shakur was murdered. One way or another, however, the fallen rapper was once again trying to help the black community through selfless actions, and for that, his name will forever remain iconic for his followers and fans. 

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1993-11-01  Charges Filed Against Tupac For Shooting Two off Duty Police Officers In Atlanta, GA.
1993-11-01 Charges Filed Against Tupac For Shooting Two off Duty Police Officers In Atlanta, GA.

DL: Gang Related [Clean OST] [US Gold Promo CD] [DRPRCD1011] [WAV]

CD 1

  1. Way Ti Major
  2. Life's So Hard
  3. Greed
  4. Get Yo Bang On
  5. These Days
  6. Mash For Our Dreams
  7. Free 'Em All
  8. Staring Through My Rearview
  9. Devotion
  10. I Can't Fix It
  11. Questions
  12. Hollywood Bank Robbery

CD 2 Gang Related (Clean) (US Gold Promo CD) (DRPRCD1011)
CD 2 Gang Related (Clean) (US Gold Promo CD) (DRPRCD1011)

CD 2

  1. Made Niggaz
  2. Loc'd Out Hood
  3. Gang Related
  4. Keep Your Eyes Open
  5. Lady
  6. Take A Nigga Like Me
  7. What Have U Done?
  8. What's Yo Fantasy?
  9. A Change To Come
  10. Freak Somethang
  11. Feelin' A Good Thang
  12. Lost Souls

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DL: 2Pac – 1997 – R. U. Still Down? (Instrumentals) Splitted (FLAC)

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DL: 2Pac – 1997 – R. U. Still Down? (Acapellas) Vocal Splitted (FLAC)

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DL: Danny Boy – Welcome 2 Death Row [Rare Cassette Tape] [10/30/1995]

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Danny Boy - Welcome To Death Row - Church Interlude (Rare Cassette Tape)
Danny Boy - Welcome To Death Row - Church Interlude (Rare Cassette Tape)

Here you go Danny Boy's very rare two-track tape - ''Welcome 2 Death Row'' and ''Church Interlude''.

''Welcome 2 Death Row'' is Danny Boy song featuring, 2Pac, Michel’le, Stacie Smallie and recorded on October 30, 1995, in Can-Am Studios (Studio B), Tarzana, California. Producers are Hurt-M-Badd, Kurt Kobane, DJ Quik.

This cassette is provided by bomb1st.com.

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DL: Ron G – The Good The Bad And The Ugly [Rare Cassette Tape] [WAV & mp3] [1997]

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Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette
Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette

Ron G has always been the type to move silently, and silence is golden. Not many mixtape DJs can credit themselves with setting a trend that became a permanent facet in Hip Hop & R&B Music. Throughout his nearly two-decade career, Ron’s production and mixtape outlet combined have shed light on the careers of artists like Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, DMX, Fat Joe, J-Lo, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Big L, etc.

Although not as highly publicized, Ron G’s skill and dedication stand parallel, and often surpass the most highly decorated producers in the game. Those in the know can’t deny that not only is Ron G one of the hottest DJ/Producers in existence, but also an extremely talented musician and CEO.

On November 30, 1994, Tupac Shakur was ambushed and shot inside the lobby of a recording studio in Manhattan’s Times Square. Tupac’s team of criminal attorneys had been in New York with Tupac awaiting a verdict on sexual-assault charges against the rapper. Tupac’s attorneys afterward said the shooting “looks like a setup and smells like a setup.” Later, Tupac publicly blamed Biggie Smalls, who was upstairs in a recording session at the time, in helping to set up the attack.

Earlier in the evening, Tupac had been invited by Ron G., to record with him. Tupac had agreed to do the recording for free, as a favor to the young rapper, whom he wanted to help out. (He usually charged other rappers a fee to record on their albums.) On this day Tupac, Stretch, Keith Murray, It's Alive recorded the song ''The Heat''

Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette
Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette

Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette
Ron G - The Good, Bad and the Ugly Cassette

Tracklist
A1 En Vogue, O.D.B – Whatever (Rmx) (H&R Funk Mix)
A2 Miss Jones, The Lox – You Gonna Make Me
A3 Uneek – Above Water
A4 Lost Boyz– Me And My Crazy World
A5 Playa, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z – I Gotta Know B/W Who Ya Wit
A6 Fugees, King Tee – The Carnival B/W Str8 Gone
A7 Ray J, Lil Cease – Everything You Want (Rmx)
A8 Wu-Thang Clan – Triumph B/W My Love Won't Fade Away
A9 Krs One, Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. – Step Into My World B/W Hypnotize
A10 Mike Nitty – Exclusive

B1 Changing Faces, Jay-Z – All Of My Days
B2 Tony Rich, Tracey Lee – Leaving B/W Keep Your Hands High
B3 Tupac, Stretch, Keith Murray, It's Alive – The Heat
B4 Raekwon, Killa Sin, Krs One, Notorious B.I.G. – Let's Start It
B6 4 Black Faces – Street Life
B7 Miss Jones, Ron G – Miss Jones
B8 Big L, McGruff, Mase, KFC – Hell In Harlem
B9 It's Alive, Patipoo, Rocigarson, P. Hunt, Bambi – Struggle In The Streets
B10 D.V.P.– Understand My Story

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