Words By Marky Mark
In two days, many of us will reminisce over Tupac and think about the fact that it’s almost been 20 years since he was taken from us. If you’re a die-hard fan, you’re probably wondering what you can say about him that hasn’t been said or what you can do that hasn’t been done. Well, if you’ve got at least $60,000, Sotheby’s Rock and Pop Collection will be auctioning off lyrics he scribbled in Riker’s.
Sotheby’s has two signed manuscripts, one of which contains the lyrics to “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” and the other outro to the song “Tradin’ War Stories,” and they’ll be auctioned off later this month. “Ambitionz” is expected sell for $46,806 – 78,010 while “War Stories” may go for $12,482 – 18,722. We could talk about how dope it is that a hip-hop legend is getting this kind of respect. We could talk about the fact that another company is profiting from his legacy. Or we could talk about the real issue here: How in the hell did a company in London manage to get their hands on 20-year-old manuscripts from Rikers Island?
“We are delighted to have this item in our sale, it’s a really unusual item,” said Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s expert on books and manuscripts. “He [Tupac] is a fixture of enormous popularity and great cultural significance, so we are confident there’ll be a lot of interest.”
Hard to imagine 20 years ago that a guy who was in Rikers, the same guy who was synonymous with a supposed East Coast-West Coast beef, and the same guy denounced by the establishment, would later be recognized as a figure of “great cultural significance” by that same establishment. “Picture Me Rollin'” indeed. Visit Sotheby’s to see the writings.