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Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, who studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts, is getting some serious recognition, with the announcement that the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center will make his writings and other papers available for scholarly research next year.

Shakur came to prominence in the early 1990s as a rapper for Digital Underground and gained fame as an individual performer. He died at age 25, after being shot in a September 1996 drive-by attack in Las Vegas.

The Tupac Shakur Collection includes handwritten lyrics and track listings, personal notes, video and film concepts, fan correspondence,  and other items, according to the library and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. The library, which serves Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College, also houses collections related to Martin Luther King Jr. and Maynard Jackson.

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That's pretty good company for a gangsta rapper from B'more.

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