Video: Tupac’s ’96 Photoshoot w/ David LaChapelle

This is very ill. Ffiteen minutes of super rare footage of Pac’s infamous bathtub photo shoot with renowned photographer David LaChapelle shortly after his release from prison.

Here are some of Lachappelle’s comments on the shoot:

DM: I feel that a lot of your work emphasises on beauty in people, regardless of colour or size. One of my favourite pieces of your work is “Becoming Clean” with Tupac Shakur amongst others. How was it like work with him?

DL: Tupac was great, he was very sensitive and is truly a good person. I wrote to his mum when he died and she sent me flowers and gave me his last song, “Ghetto Gospel.” When we did the shoot, he had just come out of prison and every shot has a reason, it’s never random, so this was the idea of the photo shoot, him becoming clean. He had given this interview when he was still in prison and he really opened up and was so honest. I had read it and thought it was so truthful so for the work I did with him, there was this idea of washing away and rebirth. And we did another shoot where he posed as a slave on a cotton field. They traced rapping and rhyming to “call and repeat” during slavery time in sugar cane and cotton fields to pass the time. It’s on the Hotel Lachapelle book. Tupac came to the shoot 2 hours early, which was very unusual for a rapper. So I wasn’t ready for the shoot and he didn’t care. He reminded me of my black friends whom I went to art schools with, he was so cool, open-minded and chill. He wasn’t judgemental. Then later on, I found out that he had gone to an art school. He left behind a big bag of socks and underwear because he had just come out from prison and never picked it up. He died shortly after. I still wear his socks sometimes (laughs).

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183 Responses to “Video: Tupac’s ’96 Photoshoot w/ David LaChapelle”

  1. E aka Mac with the Cheese Says:

    Top Mexican Drug Lord: I Trafficked Cocaine For The U.S. Government

    prisonplanet.com/top-mexican-drug-lord-i-trafficked-cocaine-for-the-u-s-government.html

    ^
    cBc

    there’s numerous articles on the internet from mainstream news sources detailing these things too and people still act blind to it

  2. sarjo1988 Says:

    damn wondough over sarjo

    niggas is serious too i bet

    put down head in shame…i thought i was typin some heat for a sec lol

  3. Joe 88 Says:

    SMH @ this “rare” pac footage.

    Shits hella gay.

  4. JihaD Says:

    b Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    JihaD Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    georgebushmoney.com/2011/04/27/a-a-p-war/

    Full version.

    JihaD

    ^its over.For u to win, u would have to SWITCH BRAINS WITH SPITGAME

    ^

    k.

    *walks into own kitchen*
    *cooks breakfast*
    *Checks Bank Account*
    *Jeezy Laughs*

    JihaD

  5. b Says:

    LOLOLOL

    You heard it when I first recorded, tho, why you surprised?

    ^He aint, he doesnt want u to feel bad for getting slaughtered and that was an obligatory big up.

  6. Jackson7 Says:

    You heard it when I first recorded, tho, why you surprised?

    ——–

    i dont remember the shit talking at the end tho… was that always there?

  7. el feces loco Says:

    Guilty Pleasure LF: Drugs by Fab feat Paul

    I think I’m in love with youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ummmmm Probably not

    I dont like that shit…ooohh I don’t like that shittttttt

  8. Captain Planet Says:

    New Beyonce Dance >>>>>

    (nh)

  9. b Says:

    *walks into own kitchen*
    *cooks breakfast*
    *Checks Bank Account*
    *Jeezy Laughs*

    *logs onto nah*
    *loses, cries*

  10. JihaD Says:

    This the peak of your existance, I get my nigga/
    give em a week, now one will remember you nigga

    (c)AAP

    Nigga, that line is your life in a nutshell.

    JihaD

  11. JihaD Says:

    Jackson7 Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    You heard it when I first recorded, tho, why you surprised?

    ——–

    i dont remember the shit talking at the end tho… was that always there?

    ^

    Unless I sent you the first recording when I wanted you to drop a Verse on there.

    Hmm.

    JihaD

  12. Hoskins Says:

    I can hear the NORE voice Land was talking about in JihaD on this War track

  13. Captain Planet Says:

    Hoskins Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    I can hear the NORE voice Land was talking about in JihaD on this War track

    >>> Co-sign.

  14. sarjo1988 Says:

    *hangs up imaginary mic
    *hates EFL
    *contemplating if i should muder wondough
    *decides niggas will prob ride with the nigga off the strength of his down syndrome
    *jus quits

  15. b Says:

    JihaD Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    This the peak of your existance, I get my nigga/
    give em a week, now one will remember you nigga

    (c)AAP

    Nigga, that line is your life in a nutshell.

    ^keep talking AND part 2 drops on ETHER FRIDAY.

  16. S.I.C.K Says:

    @feces

    SSSSHHHHH!!!

    It`s alot of bullshit that goes with that.*daps though*

  17. Jackson7 Says:

    Guilty pleasure song = “My Last” – Big Sean & Chris Brown

    in fact…

    *Itunes it up*

    “.. like i never had it at aw aw aw allllll… aw aw aw alllllllllllll…”

    *dances*

  18. Hoskins Says:

    “We could have scrapped and been done with it”

    ^ *True Cam face*

  19. Jackson7 Says:

    this joint is so smooth…

    Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis “Tender Love” interpolation FTW

  20. Captain Planet Says:

    I thought this was the part b and JiHaD appreciate each others competitive spirit, respect each other which eventually leads into a budding friendship.

    *Is Wrong*

  21. el feces loco Says:

    @feces

    SSSSHHHHH!!!

    It`s alot of bullshit that goes with that.*daps though*

    ^
    my bad homie..i thought ereting was copasetic..

    I love me some bell bottoms(no jeans)

  22. JihaD Says:

    b Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    JihaD Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    This the peak of your existance, I get my nigga/
    give em a week, now one will remember you nigga

    (c)AAP

    Nigga, that line is your life in a nutshell.

    ^keep talking AND part 2 drops on ETHER FRIDAY.

    ^

    You do that.

    What I look like Dissing Charles Lee Ray/
    I gotta finish writing songs for Janelle Monae/

    (c) AAP

    Thats where I’ll be on Friday lil nigga.

    JihaD

  23. cOLD Says:

    pizza with those pepper flakes, powdered cheese and garlic >>>>

  24. Captain Planet Says:

    ^keep talking AND part 2 drops on ETHER FRIDAY.

    >>>> That’s what I’m talking about!

  25. Jackson7 Says:

    Unless I sent you the first recording when I wanted you to drop a Verse on there.

    Hmm.

    JihaD

    ——

    yep… thats what it was … cause i remember telling you that was not one of my favorite Lito beats… and there was room after your verse for more verses…

  26. Jackson7 Says:

    I thought this was the part b and JiHaD appreciate each others competitive spirit, respect each other which eventually leads into a budding friendship.

    ———————

    sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit

  27. el feces loco Says:

    Guilty pleasure song = “My Last” – Big Sean & Chris Brown

    *googles*

    @ sarjo..you got skills its just that keystyles fell off after jihad vs b was put on wax..let them keystyles breathe till next week.

  28. b Says:

    You do that.

    What I look like Dissing Charles Lee Ray/
    I gotta finish writing songs for Janelle Monae/

    ^I heard he wrote a trAck for janelle MONAE, I SAID GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE SHELLZ?NO WAY.

  29. lil mane young Says:

    Beyonce is a Monarch programmed stepford wife..

    I’d still smash tho.

  30. sarjo1988 Says:

    No doubt I dk how to record. If so I woulda….ill let it breathe tho…daps

    Returns back to jus bein a spectator instead of tryin to kick niggs while they down lol

  31. Troyvul Says:

    Tupac back :S

  32. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    lol.

    nahkis are a comedic breed.

    sup mahfukas!

  33. Ajani Says:

    Incredible footage.

    One of my favorite photographers shooting one of my favorite MCs!

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