Tupac Shakur once said, “It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.” And some fun he had. Ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time in various magazines such as the Rolling Stone, Tupac is one of the most influential people in the music industry.
He was active in the campaign against racism, inner city violence and hardships, and other social problems which were usually used as themes in his songs. He also became involved in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry and later on took part in various conflicts with other rappers, producers and record-label staff members – the most notable among them all are The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records. On September 7, 1996, he was gunned down in Las Vegas, Nevada and died six days after the incident.
Tupac’s life was a rollercoaster kind of ride; he’d been in and out of prison and was involved in different kinds of scandals yet up to this day, his music lives on. However, it’s not just his music that has survived even after his death. Just recently, his 1996 Hummer was auctioned off on the 12th of May up to the 19th by RR Auctions.
Bought on August 16,1996, a month before his death, the 1996 Hummer only has 10,101 miles on its odometer. It’s a shame that the rapper wasn’t able to enjoy his new ride but at least let’s be comforted by the fact that someone will have the opportunity to get this big boy a longer run in life than its former owner.
This four-door pickup is powered by a turbocharged 6.5-liter diesel V8 that can produce up to 195 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. If you’re thinking it’s the same old Hummer, well think again. Tupac must’ve thought of so many ways to use his Hummer because he was able to upgrade some of its features. It comes with a mix of beige leather and burl wood for its interior but the most unique part is that it comes with a 12-disc CD player. Yes, CDs might be a thing of the past but it serves as a tribute and reminder of its former owner’s years of glory.
Other than that, it comes with a set of oversized off-road tires complete with a central inflation system, grille and roof-mounted off-road lights, burly grille guards, diamond plate bumpers and a 12,000-pound winch. If you think that’s all, then this will blow your mind – the Hummer is installed with a 360-degree spotlight and an external PA system perfect for when it’s time to throw a concert in the middle of the desert. How cool is that?
RR Auction Executive Vice President Robert Livingston describes the 1996 Hummer as an incredible piece of hip hop history and glorifies one of rap’s best lyrical giants. The auction house originally estimated that the Hummer will be sold for $100,000 but they came a wee bit short. Just recently, it found a new owner and was won over for $337,144. It’s quite valuable and historical piece even after 20 years from its date of purchase. Now everyone’s just crossing their fingers that it’s newfound owner could finally make use of that built-in concert paraphernalia.