Tupac's handwritten lyrics and jewelry among other items have been donated to Temple University.
Over the past few years, we've seen several of Tupac Shakur's belongings go up for auction. Earlier this year, unpublished liner notes from The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory went up for sale for $30K. The liner notes included disses towards Faith Evans, Biggie, Mobb Deep, Jay-Z, De La Soul and more. The majority of us will likely never get to see the note in the flesh, but Temple University recently received some items belonging to Tupac which will be displayed at the school's main campus at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.
Items previously owned by Tupac Shaku will be on display at Temple University's Charles L. Blockson collection. The collection, which consists of over 500,000 items, highlights items that help define the "global black experience."
The university received roughly a dozen of Tupac's belongings including handwritten lyrics for tracks like "I Ain't Mad At Cha" and "It Ain't Easy," a handwritten tracklist for unreleased albums he was working on prior to his 1996 death, and a bullet-dented golden medallion he was wearing when he was shot at Quad Studios in 1994. They also had the diamond earring 'Pac wore on the cover of All Eyez On Me. The university acquired the items previously owned by 'Pac through a donation from Golden Auctions of Runnemede, NJ who handle several of the rapper's memorabilia.
Temple University received the donation based on the reputation the Blockson Collection has as well as the fact they offer a course on 'Pac. It also didn't hurt that they weren't too far away.
“He’s a hip-hop icon,” Blockson Collection curator Diane Turner said of Pac. “This is a significant, contemporary addition to our already impressive collection of music items, ranging from African instruments to material from John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr. and Natalie Hinderas. We are thrilled.”