Rare 2Pac photographs to be sold as NFTs

“These photos show a side of the man not many people got to see"

A rare collection of 2Pac photographs are being released as an NFT (non-fungible token).

As Rolling Stone reports, the previously unpublished images were taken during a release party for the late rapper’s debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now’ in 1992. They are being sold by hip-hop journalist/photographer Lawrence “Loupy D” Dotson on the NFT platform Open Sea.

Fans can bid on 18 black-and-white pictures of 2Pac (real name Tupac Shakur) on the site. Seventeen of these are original images of Shakur, while the remaining 18th edition is listed as a “Super NFT” collage comprising the other 17 photos.

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A framed print signed by Dotson will accompany each NFT, with part of the proceeds going towards planting trees in Shakur’s hometown – although it is not specified whether this is New York (where he was born), Oakland (where he grew up) or Los Angeles (where he rose to fame).

“I bought a disposable, black and white 35mm camera from the Thriftys on the corner of La Brea and Rodeo,” Dotson said. “Later that night I got to Glam Slam, Prince’s old club on Boylston Street downtown. I couldn’t wait to see this brotha perform. I loved the energy he put out on stage as a backup dancer for Digital Underground; the same with his performance in the video when he dropped the verse on ‘Same Song.’

Tupac live
Tupac performs live in 1994. CREDIT: Getty

“I knew that he was going to give it up that night for his debut release party. Surprisingly, there weren’t many people at the show: mostly industry execs and a few heads from the underground community.”

Dotson developed the shots but didn’t publish them. He now wants to “create a travelling exhibit of the collection” and showcase the images worldwide.

“[W]hen you look at these photos you can see it in [2Pac’s] eyes: the determination, the passion, the swagger, the shine,” Dotson added. “These photos show a side of the man not many people got to see. This ‘Pac wasn’t covered in jewels and Versace; this ‘Pac was humble and hungry. He knew what he going for on stage that night, and that was to become the legend that he is.”

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The NFT sale ends next Tuesday (November 30) at 5am GMT. You can find more information here.

Earlier this year, Jada Pinkett Smith shared a never-before-seen poem written by 2Pac to mark what would have been his 50th birthday.

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