Take An Inside Look Into the Legacy of Acclaimed Artist Tupac Shakur In 2022

By Gabrielle Pharms | November 19, 2021

Even 25 years after his tragic death, Tupac Shakur remains one of the most iconic forward-thinking and complex artists of the music industry’s history. The world premiere of Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free, an immersive museum experience exploring the life of Shakur, will open on January 21, 2022, in Los Angeles’ The Canvas at L.A. Live.

Created in collaboration with the Tupac Shakur estate, the exhibition will take guests on a journey of Shakur’s music, poetry, and activism through contemporary artwork and never-before-seen artifacts from his personal collection. Held in a 20,000 square foot curated space, visitors will traverse through sensory surround sound spaces featuring rare heirlooms embedded in technology.

Shakur is one of the most top-selling artists, with over 75 million albums sold globally. In 2017, Tupac was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first solo hip-hop artist recognized for inclusion in his first eligible year. Shakur also received critical acclaim and success as an actor, starring in popular films Juice and Poetic Justice.

Wake Me When I’m Free is led by Chief Curator and Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nwaka Onwusa, and award-winning Creative Director Jeremy Hodges and his firm, Project Art Collective. "It is a privilege to be a part of such a monumental project,” Hodges says in a statement. “Tupac Shakur was my Malcolm; he was my Martin, and to build an experience that honors such a prolific man, cannot be summed up in words. We wanted to create a memorable experience that will inspire you to be better than when you walked in, all while leaving you with the knowledge that he was a true revolutionary spirit."

Produced in partnership with Round Room Live, CAA, Universal Music Group, and Kinfolk Management + Media, the museum experience is slated to hit a limited number of U.S. and international cities over the next few years. Vice-Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and an executive producer on the show, Steve Berman, says in a statement, "Tupac Shakur was without a doubt one of the most important artists of his generation, transforming culture through his music and ideas. Wake Me When I'm Free honors Tupac's extraordinary contributions, and I know I speak for the entire Interscope and Universal Music Group family that we are so proud to be able to collaborate with our partners to bring this incredible exhibit to life.”

General tickets are now available at WMWIF.com.

Photography by: Jeffery Newbury