PHILADELPHIA – Items owned by Tupac Shakur have been donated to Temple University, including a bullet-dented golden medallion the rapper was wearing in 1994 when he was shot five times.
The rapper’s items will be on display at the school’s main campus at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. The collection consists of roughly 500,000 items detailing “the global black experience.”
“For a hip-hop head, this is truly a dream come true,” said Aaron Smith, a professor of Africology and African American Studies who teaches a Shakur-focused class at Temple.
About a dozen items that belonged to Shakur were donated to the collection by Runnemede, New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions. Among the pieces included are handwritten lyrics for famous tracks like “It Ain’t Easy” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” as well as handwritten track listings for unreleased albums Shakur was working on before his death in September 1996 from a still-unsolved drive-by shooting
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