Tupac Shakur’s Handwritten Lyrics, Poetry on Display at Clark Atlanta University
On the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, Clark Atlanta University is honoring the deceased rap legend with an exhibit displaying an abundance of his handwritten lyrics, poems, manuscripts and other items.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the collection, which includes over 30 boxes of material, is currently open to the public at the Robert W. Woodruff Library in both digital and original formats.
Among the items included is a video treatment for ’Pac’s hit song, “Dear Mama,” a notebook he used while penning his debut album 2Pacalypse Now and a draft of his poetry book, The Rose That Grew from Concrete.
“We’re honored to have partnered with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur through this collection,” said CEO and Library Director, Loretta Parham. “He transformed the landscape of hip-hop culture and was one of the most compelling voices and talents of his generation.”
“The lessons that students, researchers, and fans can learn from this close and personal look at his writings are invaluable,” continued Vernal Cambridge, Executive Director of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
The collection is currently available at AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center Reading Room. —Ralph Bristout