Tupac Shakur would have been 44 today. In honor of his birthday, Jhené Aiko pays homage to the rap legend by recreating three iconic Tupac photos with photographer Danny Williams (via MTV News).
She sports overalls and a gold chain while capturing his classic 1996 All Eyez on Me album cover, and reimagines the photo used for ‘Pac’s posthumous Greatest Hits collection. In the third photo, she lies in a bathtub with gold chains covering her crotch, a nod to David LaChapelle’s “Becoming Clean” photo shoot, which occurred after ‘Pac’s release from jail in 1995.
The “Bed Peace” singer was eight years old when Tupac died on Sept. 13, 1996. She saw the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection and became a fan forever.
“I remember for one of my birthdays, my dad got me one of his poetry books and I was just tripping out because his voice is his own thing,” she told MTV News. “Even if he didn’t write, his voice is powerful enough to stand alone, but then his words are the same thing. They’re powerful enough to stand on their own by just reading them. That’s something that I would like my words to be.”
HAPPY 44th BIRTHDAY PAC!!!!! 🙏🏼💙🌹
— Efuru (@JheneAiko) June 16, 2015
In 2013, Jhené paid homage to her idol with an acoustic cover of her favorite Tupac song, “Keep Ya Head Up,” for Rap-Up Sessions.
“I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter and that song came on,” she said. “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.”