On the heels of the 25th anniversary of Tupac’s last studio album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory the iconic artwork from the album cover is being turned into an NFT. The artwork depicted Tupac as Jesus Christ attached to a cross wearing a crown of thorns with a parental advisory sticker covering his pelvic area. The artwork, which Tupac personally hand-picked was created by artist Riskie Forever, who sold it in 2015. Crypto/NFT wallet manager Zelus helped Riskie recover the art and Heritage Auctions will sell it to the highest bidder. The auction starts today (5/17) and runs through June 18. Fans will also have the opportunity to win up to $100,000 through sweepstakes at makaveliart.com until June 5.
Mike Tyson will host the painting on his HOTBOXIN' podcast, where he will share some cherished memories of Tupac, who spent his last living moments in attendance at the Tyson vs Bruce Seldon fight on September 7, 1996. Tyson told TMZ HIP HOP: "This episode was cool to shoot. Having the opportunity to honor Pac and have this painting here with us was awesome. It's by far the most iconic Hip-Hop album artwork of all time."
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released on November 5, 1996 almost two months after Pac's murder. The album contained some of his most revered work such as "Hail Mary" and "To Live And Die In L.A." The album title and the fact that it was recorded under an alias further fueled rumors that Tupac faked his death. Check out Riskie's breakdown of his process, and how he was selected to create the cover below.