Tupac Shakur’s Bullet-Dented Medallion and Handwritten Lyrics Donated to Temple University
Tupac Shakur is an integral part of hip-hop history. His contributions to music and hip-hop culture at large continue to hold weight in today’s landscape, with his legacy certainly living on in countless ways. The most recent example of this came when the late rapper's bullet-dented medallion, handwritten lyrics and diamond earring were donated to Temple University.
As USA Today reported yesterday (Nov. 1),"about a dozen" items that belonged to Shakur were donated to Temple's Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, which is composed of roughly 500,000 items detailing “the global black experience.”
The items golden, bullet-dented medallion is one that Shakur was reportedly wearing when he was shot five times in 1994. The diamond earring worn on the cover of All Eyez on Me and handwritten lyrics for tracks like “It Ain’t Easy” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” and handwritten tracklists for projects 'Pac was wearing before his death are also new additions to the collection.
“This is just the beginning of a long journey to collect and preserve hip-hop culture,” Diane Turner, the collection’s curator shared in a statement with the Calgary Sun.
Just last month, Suge Knight’s son, Suge J. Knight, hopped on Instagram to exclaim that Tupac is currently living out his days in Malaysia, adding to the ongoing mystery and conspiracy theories that surround the iconic West Coast rapper and his still-unsolved murder.
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