15 Years After Death, Tupac's Papers at Robert W. Woodruff Library
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The Collected works of Rap's Most Successful & Prolific Icon Includes 11 Linear Feet with 30 Boxes of Materials Housing Manuscripts, Poems, Video Treatments, Memorabilia and Personal Correspondence with Family and Fans
Following two years of extensive collection and categorization, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library announces the opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection on the fifteenth anniversary of the death of the platinum recording artist, actor and poet who remains one of the most influential writers and performers in the hip hop/rap genre.
Spanning a period from 1969 to 2008, this remarkable collection includes poems, track lists and video treatments, as well as manuscripts by Shakur family members and members of the rap groups Dramacydal and the Outlawz. Memorabilia, correspondence to and from Shakur, fan mail, media clippings and publicity materials are also included. Particularly noteworthy items within the collection are a handwritten video treatment for "Dear Mama," his song that was inducted into the Library of Congress collection; a notebook of songs eventually recorded for Shakur's immensely successful 2Pacalypse Now album; and handwritten drafts of poems included in The Rose That Grew from Concrete.
The Shakur Collection represents a partnership between the AUC Woodruff Library and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to make available for scholarly research the manuscript writings and other papers of Shakur. The collection is extensive and comprises approximately 11 linear feet, with 30 boxes of materials, and has the distinction of being one of the few publicly available research collections of an individual hip hop artist.
Born in East Harlem, New York, Shakur first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a featured rapper for the vocal group Digital Underground and went on to become one of the most significant cultural icons of the hip hop generation. Prior to his untimely death at the age of 25, Shakur released five record albums and appeared in four motion pictures.
Ten albums, numerous compilations and four feature films have been released posthumously, including Tupac: Resurrection, which received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Documentary (Feature)" in 2005.
"We're honored to have partnered with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to preserve the artistic legacy of Tupac Shakur through this collection," said Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director. "He transformed the landscape of hip hop culture and was one of the most compelling voices and talents of his generation. As an academic library, we feel privileged to be the stewards of the Shakur Collection and to promote for scholarly research."
Vernal Cambridge, Executive Director of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation adds, "We are excited about the centralization of Tupac's massive body of work and materials. The Tupac estate has done a great job at preserving his history. Similar to his albums, and documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection, this unique collection gives Tupac another opportunity to tell his story in his own words. The lessons that students, researchers, and fans can learn from this close and personal look at his writings are invaluable."
The collection is available for research in digital and original formats in the AUC Woodruff Library's Archives Research Center Reading Room. For inquiries about researching the collection, e-mail the Archives Research Center at email@example.com or call 404-978-2052.
Audio: S-Dub a/k/a Shabaam Sahdeeq - "Something About You"
S-Dub a/k/a Shabaam Sahdeeq is pleased to release the M-Phazes produced single "Something About You", off his forthcoming album Keepers of the Lost Art, which is set to drop later this year. The single, which you can stream here, boasts the talents of the Cuban born singer/songwriter Ces, is produced by blap specialist M-Phazes. As former label-mates with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Company Flow & Pharoahe Monch, S-Dub has been tied to a long history of independent success both as a solo artist and through his membership with the late nineties hip-hop collective, Polyrhythm Addicts. His effort on this single is consistent with the quality music that we've come to expect from S-Dub over the years, from classic's like "Arabian Nights" to bangers like the Nick Wiz produced "Freaky Flow".
Fellow Juice Crew member and Hip-Hop icon, Tragedy Khadafi is set to release a new Street-LP, Thug Matrix 3, on September 20th, 2011. Thug Matrix 3 features production by: araabMUZIK, Shroom, Audible Doctor, Now & Laterz, and Ayatollah.
Here is the latest leak, "Best of Both Coast" from Tragedy Khadafi's Thug Matrix 3 featuring the late Killa Sha, Planet Asia & King David.
Video: Dru Ha (Duck Down) Training With Mark Jenkins
Courtesy Matt B.
Part 1 of the two part training series as Dru Ha readies himself for 2011's ING: New York City Marathon on November 6th. In this clip, Dru Ha explains why he is running, about "Run 2 Remember" NYC Alzheimers Association chapter team, and his experience training with celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins. Unfortunately due to Mark's busy schedule training celebrities such as Diddy, D'Angelo, & Mary J. Blige, he has to defer the training sessions with another "celebrity trainer" which was documented in Part 2 of this series.
For more information on Mark Jenkins, visit www.infitness.com or follow him on Twitter @TheMarkJenkins
Artist Justin BUA is proud to announce his newest book, The Legends of Hip-Hop (Harper Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Book Publishers; November 8, 2011), where he pays homage to 50 of the greatest names in hip hop history. With a foreward by Chuck D, BUA uses portraiture to celebrate each individual's revolutionary contribution to the global phenomenon known as hip hop.
From Afrika Bambaataa, Queen Latifah, and LL Cool J, to Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Eminem, BUA captures the spirit of both the unsung and iconic heroes who have shaped music, art, dance, fashion, even language and politics. Each portrait is accompanied by a personal essay that details each individual's impact—not only on cultural history, but also on BUA’s own life and work.
Unlike any other book, The Legends of Hip Hop comes not from an investigative academic, but from an authentic source who—as a native New Yorker—witnessed the birth and development of hip hop from a community movement to its explosion into a global industry.
Justin BUA attended NY's LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts and Art Center College in CA, where he received a BFA. BUA has created art for the music, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, with clients like Warner Brothers, Comedy Central, MTV, Sony, and EA Sports. BUA's art sells at galleries worldwide as well as at retail giants like Target. Recent credits include art direction for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's acclaimed film, "On the Shoulders of Giants," as well as the direction and hosting of Ovation TV's hit documentary "Walk this Way," about rapper DMC, of RUN-D.M.C. BUA lives in L.A., CA.