Today marked what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 44th birthday. Only an 8-year-old at the time Shakur died on Sept. 13, 1996, Jhené Aiko felt a connection with the rap legend once introduced to his music. To celebrate, the R&B singer decided to recreate three iconic photos from the rap legend: The 1996 classic All Eyez on Me album cover, the Greatest Hits LP cover, and the infamous bathtub “Becoming Clean” photo shoot done by David Lachapelle’s, shortly after Tupac’s release from jail in 1995.
“Every birthday of his I always want to do something,” Aiko tells MTV’s Rob Markman. “I feel like I have to give his legacy some type of present. It started off, one time I did a video shoot where they spread his ashes. And it was a coincidence that I was there that day, we were all like, “Wait a minute, this is Tupac’s birthday and we’re here on the same beach.’ So after that, it’s been several years since then and every year I want to do something.”
Check out the photos, plus hear Aiko’s interview plus a performance from August 2014 where she covered Tupac’s “Keep ‘Ya Head Up” below.
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