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Unreleased 2Pac music and photos expected to go for up to £900K at auction

Listen to an unreleased version of ‘Letz Get It On (Ready 2 Rumble)’ from the hard drive

By Hollie Geraghty

Tupac Shakur wears a purple backwards cap and gold chain in an interview
2Pac (Photo: YouTube/ E! News).

A hard drive of unreleased music by 2Pac and photographs of the late rapper is estimated to fetch up to $1,200,000 (£901,000) at auction.

The hard drive containing the documents belonged to Tupac Shakur’s late former bodyguard and friend Frank Alexander.

The documents are on auction by Gotta Have Rock and Roll, where interested buyers can submit a bid online within eight days, starting at $10,000 (£7,533). The listing estimates that it will sell for between $600,000 (£451,000) and  $1,200,000 (£901,000).

On the website listing, the auctioneers describe the 83GB hard drive as a “one-of-a-kind artefact” containing items from the height of his career.

“This archive contains songs from the rap icon that have never been heard by the public, as well as materials compiled and curated by the people closest to him,” the description reads.

“Whether you want to enjoy highly personal and never before seen media of all kinds or if you want to get lost in the labyrinth of files surrounding a truly larger than life figure this is the perfect piece for you.”

It lists highlights including a 35-second clip from an unreleased song, as well as photos and videos that “bring you right into Tupac’s life in the mid to late 90’s and are some of the most intimate media that exists of him.”

The song is an unreleased version of ‘Letz Get It On (Ready 2 Rumble)’ which was played when 2Pac attended the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight before the rapper was murdered that night.

TMZ obtained a snippet of the song, which you can listen to here.

The listing continues: “Frank Alexander was of course with Tupac the night he died, and was a key witness in the shooting. There are few people who could better document the life of Rap’s biggest star.

“The behind the scenes media cements Tupac’s status as a music genius, avid writer, and creative mastermind — and it may even add new layers to what we knew about his life.”

Photos on the hard drive include photos of the rapper with Suge Knight and Mike Tyson. 

10 percent portion of the auction sale will be donated to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.