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Tupac Shakur Wake Me When I’m Free museum exhibit opens in Los Angeles


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The legacy of the late Tupac Shakur is explored in an immersive museum experience titled “Wake Me When I’m Free,” which opened Friday at The Canvas @ L.A. Live in Los Angeles. 

Created in collaboration with the Shakur Estate, “Wake Me When I’m Free” is described as “part museum, part art installation, part sensory experience.”

In a promo video for the exhibit, the Poetic Justice star is heard in an archival audio clip saying, “I rap about wrongs and injustices that are done to all people, Black, white, women, men… I’m a young Black male so I have more experience with the injustices and problems happening to young Black males.”

Tupac adds, “I always go for the underdog. I believe in the underdog. Anybody, no matter who it is, if you are getting beat down, fight back. That’s what I believe and I’m telling people through my music that that’s what I believe.”

The “California Love” rapper was always known as a rebel, which he confirmed with the words “I’m not going to try to assimilate. I’m gonna be myself.”

Tupac died on September 13, 1996, six days after being shot while riding in Las Vegas with Death Row Records founder Suge Knight. He was 25 years old.

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