A new non-fungible token collection has been announced, honouring one of hip hop’s most iconic stars. The Tupac NFT series will celebrate the formative years of Tupac Shakur. His early friend Darrin Keith Bastfield is behind the drop, and will retain all rights. The series will be sold on Tezos-based marketplace, Kalamint.
The Tupac NFTs will focus on his time at the Baltimore School of Arts where, alongside Bastfield, Dana Smith, and Gerard Young, he formed the rap group Born Busy. In summary, tokens will come in a number of different forms, with four distinct categories:
*Born Busy documentary NFTs — Containing interviews with teachers, classmates, old neighbours, and friends.
*’Back In The Day: My Life with Tupac’ book NFTs — Copies of Bastfield’s memoirs about his friendship and work with the man who would become the rap legend. Separated into 18 chapters, each will come with a unique cover, paired with hand-drawn art and pages cut from the physical book.
*’Back In The Day’ cover NFTs — The book cover only, with original artwork replaced by Bastfield’s oil painting, ‘Shakurspeare’. This was the nickname he gave Tupac at drama school.
*’Shakurspeare’ screenplay NFTs — Bastfield has also written a movie about the period the Tupac NFTs cover. Fans can buy a first edition draft of the romantic comedy screenplay as a non-fungible token.
Hip Hop NFTs: Will they Sell?
As our recent story on the failed John Cena wrestling NFT project shows, not all non-fungibles are born equal. Or desirable. However, the cult of all things Tupac, this NFT collection should garner plenty of attention for its unknown and unseen qualities. Not sure why? Then let’s get the history books out.
Basically, after relocating to Los Angeles in the early-1990s, Tupac became the biggest name in West Coast US rap. He was killed by an unknown shooter in 1996. Many believe this was the result of a feud with East Coast artists. These include Biggie Smalls, who would himself be shot dead in March 1997. Given the popularity of the story in the hip hop world and beyond, we think this Tupac NFT series will do well.
Of course, Tupac’s isn’t the only major hip hop NFT series we’ve heard about recently. NEAR Protocol just unveiled a host of tokens dedicated to iconic rappers from the 1970s to today, including Lil Wayne and Easy-E. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg and Russell Simmons announced their own non-fungible goals last month.
The Tupac NFT Drop Details
If you want to know more about the Tupac NFT drop, get involved with the ClubHouse meeting with Darrin Bastfield on Tuesday, Sep 28 at 7:00 pm EDT. Darrin will create some live art, give a reading of the original book and discuss details about the drop with fans. Plus, this will be the first of many weekly events to come. Not only that, but attending earns you a free POAP!
Reportedly, the Tupac NFT drop will come sometime in December but until then, Bastfield will release pre-drop announcements and more.