Extremely rare and unpublished photos of Tupac Shakur at his 1992 2Pacalypse Now album release party by Lawrence ‘Loupy D’ Dotson are going on sale as NFTs.
The photos were taken by the hip-hop journalist and photographer on a disposable camera after he was personally invited by the rapper following a discussion on misogyny in hip hop. ‘I bought a disposable, black and white 35mm camera from the Thriftys on the corner of La Brea and Rodeo,’ said Dotson in an interview with Rolling Stone. ‘Later that night I got to Glam Slam, Prince’s old club on Boylston Street downtown. I couldn’t wait to see this brotha perform. I loved the energy he put out on stage as a backup dancer for Digital Underground; the same with his performance in the video when he dropped the verse on “Same Song”.’
Each NFT will be offered with a framed and signed version of the print by Dotson. Part of the proceeds will also go towards planting trees in Tupac’s hometown through the 100K Trees for Humanity initiative. There are 18 black and white NFTs, with one super collage of all 17 photos available. ‘When you look at these photos you can see it in his eyes: the determination, the passion, the swagger, the shine. These photos show a side of the man not many people got to see. This ‘Pac wasn’t covered in jewels and Versace; this ‘Pac was humble and hungry. He knew what he was going for on stage that night, and that was to become the legend that he is.’
The NFT’s go on sale next Tuesday the 30th of November at 5 am GMT via OpenSea Marketplace.