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If Tupac was still here with us, today would’ve been his 44th birthday.

To pay tribute to Tupac’s life and legacy, Cali singer Jhene Aiko decided to recreate classic photos of the late great rapper with some help from MTV.

In an interview with Rob Markman, Jhene described the motivation behind paying homage to Tupac Shakur.

“I would say like a few years ago. 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.” 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.”

During her performance at Red Bull Sound Select in Chicago, Jhene performed a live version of Pac’s 1993 classic “Keep Ya Head Up.”

Watch her up top and to see the photos of Jhene posing like ‘Pac, click here.


COOL ASS COVERS: Jhene Aiko Covers Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up”  was originally published on globalgrind.com

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