Legendary artist Riskie Forever has partnered with Zelus and Heritage Auctions to auction the original album cover art painting from 2Pac’s The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory album, which was recorded in 1996 under his pseudonym Makaveli.
“I remember giving ‘Pac the painting officially, I knew then this was something special,” Riskie Forever said. “Now to be able to celebrate that legacy while creating something truly new and unique — that’s something I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.”
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The original album cover painting went up for auction on May 17 accompanied with a one-of-a-kind NFT that includes a never-before-heard story from Riskie about the origins of the piece. According to the press release, the original painting was created in airbrush and mixed media on a 29” x 47” canvas visible through a 35” x 53” frame.
Riskie was originally introduced to 2Pac by Suge Knight and after coming across Riskie’s portfolio, Tupac insisted his label commission him to make a painting featuring Tupac himself, crucified on a cross, like Jesus, right down to a crown of thorns. The artwork was shared with 2Pac just days before his untimely death.