In honor of 2Pac’s birthday, several celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper who would have been 44 today. But while most just simply acknowledged the rapper’s birth date, singer Jhene Aiko took her emotional tribute to another level.
Aiko, whose love for the rapper changed after seeing the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection, did a full fledged photo shoot through MTV and recreated some of Pac’s iconic photos.
In one image, shot by Danny Williams, the singer recreates the cover of Pac’s 1996 hit album, All Eyez on Me. “I didn’t necessarily want the pictures to be exactly spot-on because I can’t channel Tupac. He’s so great to me that I don’t even compare myself to him, like I’m trying to be Tupac. That’s not what it is,” she told the news outlet.
As for doing tributes year after year, the star explained that “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.'”
She continued, “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.”
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