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Roc Nation hasn’t bought the unreleased Tupac archives

By | Published on Monday 30 March 2015

Tupac Shakur

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation may be busy trying to turn the social networks turquoise ahead of the big Tidal relaunch later today, but the company has not acquired all the unreleased recordings of Tupac Shakur for $384 million. I mean, there has to be something left in music not owned by a Live Nation subsidiary, right?

Of course, you might be claiming to have never even considered that Roc Nation might be buying the unreleased Shakur archives, but we can’t know with 100% certainty that it wasn’t you spreading rumours to that effect over the weekend.

Gossipers said that Roc Nation had done a deal with E1 Entertainment, the company that finally ended up with the assets of one time hip hop label Death Row Records (even though a row over who had control of the Shakur archives did follow that acquisition). But a spokesman for Roc Nation has told Billboard that rumours Jay-Z’s firm has bought the Shakur recordings are just not true.

The rumours also referenced a planned upcoming release of previously unheard work by Shakur, which very possibly is true. Reps for the late rapper’s estate have already announced plans for an apparel collection, official biography and possibly new recorded material as the twentieth anniversary of Shakur’s untimely passing approaches.