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Today would have been Tupac Shakur’s 44th birthday and to honour his legacy, Jhené Aiko has recreated some of his most iconic images. In an interview with MTV, the singer talks about watching the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection, and how her favourite song of his, ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ had a profound emotional effect on her.

“I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter and that song came on. I just cried like never before. His words meant so much to me. I just felt like I needed to hear that. I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I wasn’t in the best position to have a child. I was growing hopeless. At that moment I was leaving a free-clinic-type-of-family-planning-type of place to do my prenatal stuff. I was on the county, I had my E.B.T. card, I had my food stamps. I was in the system and I felt like, “Where was my life going at this point?” It was hard for me to be optimistic. But that song came on and that’s what changed the whole mood of my pregnancy.”

The urge to create the images as a kind of birthday present began when she did a video shoot on the beach where his ashes were coincidentally spread on the same day as his birthday and since then, her tributes have privately varied in scale. See the recreations above and listen to her covering her favourite ‘Pac song.


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