This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s last studio album, “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory,” which is being released digitally.
That entails producing a non-fungible token (NFT) from the original artwork, which depicts Pac as Jesus Christ crucified to the cross while wearing his crown of thorns. His pelvic region was famously covered by the parental caution label.
Pac recorded the album under the identity Makaveli and released it on November 5, 1996, over two months after his assassination… releasing some greatest hits stuff like “Hail Mary” and “To Live In Die In L.A.” — and fanning claims that he was still alive in the process.
Riskie Forever created and sold the painting Tupac used for the album cover in 2015, but Zelus, a crypto/NFT wallet manager, assisted him in reclaiming the artwork, which Heritage Auctions will sell to the highest bidder.
The auction will take place at 445 Park Avenue in Dallas from now through June 18, and fans may enter to win up to $100,000 in sweepstakes on the MakaveliArt.com website from today until June 5.
Mike Tyson will present the painting on a special episode of his “Hotboxin” podcast on Tuesday, where he will also discuss some of his favorite Tupac moments. Pac’s final moments were spent at the Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon bout on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, where they had a long friendship.
Mike Iron said: “Shooting this episode was a lot of fun. It was incredible to be able to commemorate Pac and have this painting among us. It is without a doubt the most recognizable hip hop record artwork of all time.”
Riskie, a legendary hip hop artist, was first approached by Suge Knight, then-CEO of Death Row Records, who then introduced him to 2Pac and commissioned Riskie to design the album cover.
Snoop Dogg now controls the label, but most of the songs is still unavailable for streaming… for now.