The legacy of Tupac Shakur is one of the most cherished and respected in the hip-hop industry. His body of work lives somewhere between art and activism. Tupac’s belief that everyone has the right to express themselves honestly through whichever artform they saw fit includes everything from music, to acting, from writing to dance, from photography and culinary art to self-expression through fashion. For Tupac, this included his choice of jewelry.
Before fame, Tupac wore leather pieces. As he began to make money, he progressed to silver. As he reached greater levels of success, he graduated to gold. In the last year of his life, he had the luxury of not just affording higher-end items, but he started to design them himself, down to the smallest details. Working in close collaboration with his Estate, NFT Artists Impossible Brief and curators Digital Arts & Sciences were able to select pieces from his personal archives that had some of the deepest meanings and intentions attached to them. It is with Tupac’s personal vision and ideas, that they carefully created this digital assortment of the jewelry he designed and wore, marking the world’s first NFT authorized by The Shakur Estate. This artifact-based drop also serves as the first look at some of Tupac’s personal items being featured in the upcoming museum experience: Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free before the exhibit opens in January of 2022.
The four-piece Immortal Collection is based on and connected to what Tupac saw in himself, in the stories he felt were worthy of telling, and what connects everyone to each other: ARTIST, ACTIVIST, SINNER, SAINT.