Jhene Aiko Recreates Tupac Photos On His 44th Birthday
Rucuss staffJune 16, 2015
Tupac would have been 44 today.
So to celebrate, Jhene Aiko recreated three of his iconic images to pay homage to the legendary rapper. The singer wears overalls and a gold chain for his 1996 All Eyes On Me album cover, and captures Pac’s gaze from his Greatest Hits cover. Aiko also captured his sex appeal from his infamous, David Lachapelle “Becoming Clean” photo shoot. Pac laid in a bathtub, covered in gold jewels.
The “Bed Peace” singer was eight years old when Tupac died on Sept. 13, 1996. She saw the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection and became a fan forever.
“I remember for one of my birthdays, my dad got me one of his poetry books and I was just tripping out because his voice is his own thing,” she told MTV News. “Even if he didn’t write, his voice is powerful enough to stand alone, but then his words are the same thing. They’re powerful enough to stand on their own by just reading them. That’s something that I would like my words to be.”
Check out the images below.
Aiko explained to MTV News how she came up with the idea to recreate Pac’s photos.
“It’s been a few years, but every birthday of his I always want to do something. 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,” Aiko told MTV. “So after that, it’s been several years since then and every year I want to do something. I wrote a letter one year, I put it on my tumblr. It’s a special day because to me he was such a special person, so this year it was just an idea that me and my team had and I’m passionate about Tupac so it was something and I was like, “Yeah.” It was just random, it just happened on the spot; it was a really good idea for his birthday.”
Watch Aiko sing a rendition of Pac’s Keep Ya Head Up below.
Photos via MTV.com
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