2Pac photos from 1992 that have never been seen will soon be auctioned off as NFTs.
The photos, which are of ‘Pac performing at Prince’s Glam Slam West nightclub in Minneapolis, will be auctioned off by MakersPlace starting on Thursday (February 23) at 3 p.m. EST.
Dubbed “2Pacalypse92,” the collection includes 17 shots of the late rap legend, each one captured by Lawrence “Loupy D” Dotson, the former managing editor at Kronick Magazine.
Additionally, each NFT will come with it’s own original negative, allowing collectors to own a piece of Hip Hop history in both a digital and physical capacity.
“The atmosphere was hyped,” Loupy D recalled of ‘Pac’s 1992 performance. “The crowd was loving it. He put on a show. He wasn’t just a rapper, he was a performer. He had a theater background. Tupac knew he had to engage the crowd.”
A handful of the photos will also appear in FX’s upcoming docuseries Dear Mama, which dives into 2Pac’s relationship with his mother, the former Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur who passed away in 2016.
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The news arrived via 2Pac’s “only official fan page” earlier in February, which wrote on Instagram that the album “will consist of previously released recordings from the ‘2Pacalypse Now’ period to Pac’s ‘Thug Life’ period with 4 previously unreleased pre-Death Row tracks.”
In a podcast interview in December, 2Pac associate E-Love confirmed that unreleased Battlecat-produced songs have been in the vault and would be arriving sometime in 2023.
“Bob did more songs with him than I did,” E-Love said on the I Only Touch Greatness podcast. “I did two to three songs. Actually, two songs are coming out next year. Bob did a string of songs that still have not yet come out.”