The Brand New Tupac Wax Statue Is Fucking Uncanny
Like most folks on their 41st birthday, Tupac celebrated with his old friends. Except that Tupac is now a wax statue. On Saturday night at Madame Tussaud's terrace above Hollywood Boulevard, the work was unveiled on the day he would have been 41, prompting the assembled rap luminaries and steadfast fans to hoot, holler and throw up their W's.
"I ain't seen this man in 16 years," DJ Quik said, smiling oddly and taking it in. It was a very real moment, as he'd realized something we all had...
Besides Quik, one of 'Pac's former producers, also on hand were his friends from Bone Thugs, Bizzy Bone and Lazy Bone, as well as rapper Spice 1 and everyone's entourages. The only other guests were KDAY contest winners and the press.
There were custom cocktails, like the "California Love," a saccharine mix of booze and and fruit juice (but none of Pac's favorite orange soda?). It was eight bucks a pop. There was also a Tupac impersonator -- Kevonne Wright (above) -- an actor who is possibly in the running to play Tupac in the possibly upcoming Antoine Fuqua-helmed biopic.
"I'm trying to capture Tupac's versatility. That's what he was about, being versatile," he said, before heading over to the after-party next door. While not as much of a dead ringer for the late rapper as the sculpture, Wright nonetheless had Tupac's look down, from the mini goatee and the do-rag to the sagging pants. He did keep his shirt on, however.
So, the next question on everyone's mind: Is the Tupac statue better than the hologram?