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.”

Dr. Aaron Smith, Assistant Professor of Africology and African American Studies talks about items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur and are now part of the Blockson Collection, at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Dr. Aaron Smith, Assistant Professor of Africology and African American Studies talks about items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur and are now part of the Blockson Collection, at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

“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.

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

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

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Also included in the donation is the diamond earing Shakur wore while pictured on the cover of the album “All Eyez On Me.”

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Jewelry plays a significant role in Shakur’s story, according to Smith.

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

“There is a lot of mystery around Tupac and his jewelry,” Smith said. “To have some of (it) here means a whole lot.”

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Diane Turner, the collection’s curator, said Thursday that the Blockson Collection will increase its focus on hip-hop culture with the addition of Shakur’s items.

Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Items that belonged to rapper Tupac Shakur are now part of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Erin Blewett /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

“This is just the beginning of a long journey to collect and preserve hip-hop culture,” Turner said.

Source: The Associated Press

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