The estate of Tupac Shakur has signed a deal with Jampol Artist Management, the US-based management firm that particularly specialises in managing the legacies of deceased music stars, and which already represents the estates of Jim Morrison, Otis Redding and Janis Joplin amongst others.
Moving forward the company will oversee licensing, merchandise and other ventures utilising the late rapper’s image or music. Tom Whalley, the US record industry veteran who originally signed Shakur to Interscope in 1991, will also advise on projects.
Confirming the new arrangement, and revealing that there is yet more unreleased music by Shakur to be unleashed the rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur told reporters: “I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty”.
Shakur, of course, was murdered in 1996, less than five years after the release of his debut album, though a plethora of work made by the prolific rapper before his untimely death has been released posthumously.