Tupac Shakur Will Be Honored With Bronze Statue in Georgia

Tupac Shakur
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Tupac Shakur at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.

A reported $500,000 statue of Tupac Shakur is slated to be erected in Georgia this September in honor of the 21st anniversary of the rapper's death, reports TMZ.

After the previously named Tupac Amaru Shakur Center was sold in 2015 to Jim Burnett, the original statue of the West Coast lyricist was taken down. Burnett -- who now owns the amphitheater -- has reportedly hired artist Nijel Binns (who has previously created states of Michael Jackson and Shirley Temple) to helm the project.

Binns also took to his Facebook page to recognize the statue. "Honored to be part of celebrating another legend, Tupac Shakur," he wrote.

This time around, Binns will help immortalize Shakur with a seven-foot bronze statue that will weigh approximately 1,000 pounds. Burnett is looking to unveil the statue in September. 

This past weekend, Shakur was honored in more ways than one. First, the Tupac Shakur estate transformed New York's Lower East restaurant Sweet Chick into his dream establishment, the Powamekka Cafe was designed after the late star, who created the original concept behind the restaurant to celebrate his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Fans were able to eat from a menu based on Shakur's favorite meals and look through his photos and memorabilia, as well as purchase merchandise from a pop-up shop powered by VLONE and Bravado next door. 

Snoop Dogg delivered a heartfelt speech for Tupac's Rock Hall induction. Alicia Keys, T.I., YG, and Treach from Naughty By Nature also performed touching renditions of Shakur hits. 

Billboard reached out to Jim Burnett for comment. 


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