Shakurspeare Album Features Early 2pac Material
Posted on July 29, 2009 by Jamie Slaughter
The earliest recordings of 2Pac will be released and put together to form a new album, thirteen years after the rapper's death. The project is being assembled by Darrin Keith Bastfield, who is the CEO of Born Busy Records. When 2Pac was only 16 years old, he and Bastfield formed the Born Busy group.
The album is effectively a journey into 2Pac's past, when he was known as MC New York when he first began to rap.
"I was there when Tupac heard himself for the first time rapping on a recording. As he sat in the cafeteria of the Baltimore School for the Arts it was as if he couldn't believe that he was listening to himself," Bastfield told AllHipHop.com. "Just as Tupac was quietly amazed by hearing himself, I want people to hear Tupac as a young artist in his very first recordings ever having fun, rapping about issues that concerned us, and most importantly giving a cautionary and timely 'Message of Peace' in his own voice as if he was already a big rap star with a reputation to uphold."
Shakurspeare was decided upon for the title of the new album, in reference to a conversation exchange between Bastfield and Tupac, where he stated that he wished to become as renowned as a Shakespearean actor. The album cover will have an oil painting of 2Pac represented as Shakespeare.
"This project was a very spiritual undertaking for me, but most importantly it is about creating art and being educational. The vocals to the songs we wrote were all recorded accapella in 1988 on a cassette tape," Bastfield explained. "Through technology the vocals were able be extracted, digitally mastered, and put to contemporary music that was produced in 2008. I wanted to keep the recordings as close to the vein of our ideas from back in the day. As far as new material to assist with the concept of the album as being like an audio documentary, I chose to work with producers and artists in my own backyard which are native of Baltimore, Maryland which includes International Jazz recording artist Maysa. My life and times with Tupac Shakur all happened in Baltimore, so I wanted the spirit of the Shakurspeare album, just as the book, to stay consistent."
Shakurspeare is expected to be released September 13th, courtesy of Born Busy Records.