The late Tupac Shakur‘s estate is now being run by Jeff Jampol and Tom Whalley. Jampol was brought in by the rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, two years ago, and his role is to oversee Tupac Shakur’s business affairs. Jampol and Whalley (signed Shakur to Interscope Records in 1991) have partnered together in order to cement the legacy of the late rapper through media ventures, apparel, and music and film licensing. Just recently, Shakur’s voice appeared in a commercial starring NBA MVP Derrick Rose, and fans can expect to hear a lot more of Shakur’s work this year. In February, the Grammy Museum opened its exhibit entitled All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur. Jampol and Whalley are also finalizing a deal with a writer for a Tupac Shakur biography.
The number one priority on Jampol and Whalley’s list is releasing the rapper’s music. “[There’s] almost an embarrassment of riches of unreleased music, released music, remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments, and poems,” Jampol told Billboard magazine. There have been numerous albums released since Shakur’s death in 1996 including the Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), Until the End of Time, Better Dayz, Loyal to the Game, Pac’s Life, and Still I Rise (with the Outlawz). Even with seven posthumous studio albums, Jampol and Whalley stated that there is still a great wealth of material remaining. “Some of the music is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete. Some of it is good, some of it needs work. But I think the work that is left can be completed, and it is worth his fans hearing,” Whalley revealed.
Kendrick Lamar used a 1994 Shakur interview, and he recreated it to appear as if he and Shakur were having a conversation. The recreated conversation was used on the song “Mortal Man,” which is featured on Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly album. “I thought it was a brilliant idea, and they [Kendrick Lamar’s camp] sent me portions of what he was thinking of doing, and I supported it. I think if Tupac was here, he would have tremendous respect for Kendrick Lamar’s work,” Whalley told Billboard.
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