Tupac‘s talent cemented him in rap music as a legend who died before his time, and as fans and media corporations fight for rights to his last remaining mementos, the biggest legal battle has come to a close. According to TMZ, Tupac’s estate won a major victory this week, securing a six-figure settlement for unpaid royalties.
The estate was spearheaded by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, back in 2013 when she began suing Entertainment One to recover unreleased music Tupac had created before his untimely death in September of 1996. Unfortunately, Afeni passed away in 2016, but the multi-million dollar suit continued, overseen by the estate’s other trustees. The victors of this five-year-long lawsuit will now have access to Shakur’s unreleased music, which holds remarkable monetary value.
Tupac found himself back in headlines late September when Eminem used his diss track “Killshot” to allege that Pac’s murder had been orchestrated by hip-hop mogul, Diddy. “The day you put out a hit’s the day Diddy admits that he put the hit out that got Pac killed,” Em rapped. These claims have been circulated within the community for years, but there has been no real foundation rooted in proof to damn the “Bad Boys For Life” rapper.
Although it’s currently unclear what the estate will do with these recordings, fans can only hope that the tracks will reach some music streaming site so that we may relive the musical genius of the hip-hop legend we lost 22-years-ago to gun violence.