Tupac Shakur's 1994 signed contract for 'Thug Life' is up for auction

Tupac Shakur's early recording contract with the hip-hip group Thug Life from 1994 is up for auction, according to an exclusive report by TMZ.

According to the report, the 58-page contract from July 24, 1994 spells out the recording, marketing and financial details between Tupac's hip-hop stable 'Thug Life' (comprising Big Syke, Stretch, Mopreme Shakur, The Rated R, and Macadoshis) and Interscope Records for a debut record deal.

The contract is signed by 2Pac and fellow Thug Life members Big Syke (Tyruss Himes), Mopreme Shakur (Maurice Harding), Macadoshis (Diron Rivers) and The Rated R (Walter Burns) and was for the outfit's then yet to be released debut LP, Thug Life: Volume 1'.

Pac isn't the only one of the crew who has since passed away. Big Syke also died back in 2016, reportedly of natural causes that may've been related to on-going heart issues.

Although it wasn't a solo effort, the group's only project, Thug Life Vol 1, gave rise to some of Pac's most classic tracks, including 'Str8 Ballin,' 'Cradle to the Grave,' 'Bury Me a G,' 'How Long Will They Mourn Me' and 'Pour Out a Little Liquor.' The album even went gold and sold 500,000 copies in the United States alone. Unfortunately, Thug Life would record just the one album before disbanding after Tupac died on September 13, 1996.

Heritage Auctions will put the contract on the block on April 15, and has evaluated it at about $6,000. TMZ also posted a link through which you can view the full contract. You can find it here.

This, of course, isn't the first time Pac's items have been up for auction. Late last year, a nude photo of the rapper was up for auction with a starting bid of $15,000. A slew of Tupac Shakur memorabilia, including handwritten lyrics, original photographs and a 1990 demo recording is also available on the memoribila site Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

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