It’s no surprise that SKG (Helecia Choyce) shares a common interest with the legend “Tupac Shakur”. Having appeared on his “Until The End of Time” album with #4 single “Let Em Have It” both signing to the infamous Death Row Records and both having Suge Knight as their CEO.
So when Tupac’s “Wake Me When I’m Free” Museum came to Downtown , Los Angeles. SKG was determined to not only attend, but to also document the experience. The document of her visit was so widely appreciated that even the Tupac official page on Instagram shared the rappers visit.
Tupac Shakur would have turned 51 years old (June 16). But a celebration of the late rapper-activist’s life, career and influential legacy actually kicked off earlier this year on Jan. 21. That’s when the “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” exhibit opened its doors at The Canvas @ L.A. Live across the street from the Grammy Museum.
More than 150,000 visitors have participated in the immersive and memorable experience, which begins in a stark white lobby that immediately sets the tone for the 60-to-90-minute tour. Displayed on the wall at the far end of the lobby are the words to “Untitled,” a Shakur poem that appears in the 1999 collection The Rose That Grew from Concrete. The poem reads in part: “Please wake me when I’m free/ I cannot bear captivity/ where my culture I’m told/ holds no significance … Please wake me when I’m free/ I cannot bear captivity/ 4 I would rather be stricken blind/ than 2 live without expression of mind.”