There have been rumors swirling that Jay Z and his company Roc Nation had acquired the rights to Tupac Shakur’s music catalog of unreleased material from Entertainment One for $384 million.
Talk of a new album from the late music icon with features from Nas, Beyonce, DMX, Drake, Jay Z and more also surfaced, but according to Billboard there’s no truth to either rumor.
However, the good news is that there is unreleased music on the way from Shakur, according to JAM Inc.’s Jeff Jampol, who oversees the late rapper’s estate.
“Almost an embarrassment of riches,” Jampol told Billboard, listing “unreleased music, released music, remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments, poems.” And although multiple posthumous albums have been issued since Shakur’s death (to strong sales and mixed reviews), Jampol and Whalley contend a wealth of still-untapped material remains — the value of which can’t be understated, considering 33.8 million Tupac albums have been sold in the U.S. alone since 1991, according to Nielsen Music.
“Some of [the material] is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work,” says Whalley, who has explored much of the archive. “But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing.”
Are you looking forward to hearing new music from 2Pac?