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Signed Tupac Contract Heads To Auction

Signed Tupac Contract Heads To Auction

Tupac Shakur’s signed 1993 contract with Interscope Records is going up for sale.

An exclusive piece of hip-hop history is going up for auction later next month: a signed contract between rap group Thug Life and Interscope Records, the music label that put out most of Tupac’s music.

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The contract includes all the financial details concerning the release of the hip-hop groups first and only album, Thug Life: Volume 1. In it includes details for recording the album, marketing the album, and financial considerations between all the bandmates.

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However, the album was highly edited by Interscope with many songs being cut. Interscope feared the public backlash during an era where gangsta rap was considered highly controversial. The East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry became violent during the mid-‘90s resulting in the deaths of many artists, including Tupac himself after being gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas.

Thug Life: Volume 1 went on to become gold certified, selling 500,000 copies. It would be the only album the group produced as Tupac went on to a highly successful solo career. Most of the members of Thug Life are in fact deceased, with Stretch being killed via drive-by in 1994 and Big Syke found dead in his home in 2016. Foul play was not suspected in the death of Big Syke, who had a history of obesity and heart disease.

The album goes up for sale with Heritage Auctions on April 15th where it’s expected to go for at least $6000.

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