For the past twenty-six years, the Grammys has acknowledged Hip Hop.
Now, the annual awards show’s museum will recognize one of the genre’s most iconic figures.
The life and music of Tupac Shakur will be commemorated in a new exhibition titled “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur” at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles starting February 2.
In a statement obtained by the LA Times, the museum’s Executive Director, Robert Santelli, says that “it is an honor to be the first museum to acknowledge Tupac’s legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.”
“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists,” he adds. “His writings are both powerful and provocative.”
The “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur” exhibit is slated to showcase poems, lyrics and handwritten notes Pac wrote before his death in 1996. It will also display vintage performance footage, interviews and outfits he wore.
All of the memorabilia will be provided by the Tupac Shakur estate, which is run by his mother, Afeni Shakur.
“It means a lot to me that Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honor my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works,” Ms. Shakur says in the same statement. “Tupac’s writings are an honest reflection of his passions for, and about life. His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.”
In 2011, the museum highlighted hand written song lyrics by Tupac as part of its “Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey” exhibit.
“All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur” will be on view through April 22.