Today (June 16) would have been Tupac Shakur’s forty-fourth birthday.
Jhene Aiko paid tribute to Tupac via MTV by emulating iconic photos of the rapper. The songstress poses against a black backdrop to remake an image from the All Eyez On Me photoshoot.
“I’m sitting on the chair and it was a really uncomfortable position for me because I’m so small,” Aiko says. “I’m like, ‘This picture is not going to look the same as his because I’m not the same body type.’ I was nervous about looking too masculine, but then I was like, ‘You know what? This is ’Pac, let me channel my confidence’ because he had all that confidence. I wasn’t worried about what people were going to think, because it’s just a personal thing for me. I’m not doing it for people to be like, ‘Oh, wow.’ For me, it’s just about expressing my gratitude towards him and his legacy.”
She also poses in a bathtub with a coin belt around her waist and has a close-up wearing a bandana.
Aiko says her favorite Tupac song is “Keep Your Head Up.”
“I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter and that song came on,” she says. “I just cried like never before. His words meant so much to me. I just felt like I needed to hear that.”
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