Tupac Shakur’s estate teases mystery ‘1998’ release

The late rapper's official Instagram account sent out a photo of the hip-hop titan with "1998," and covered by a date.

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APRIL 07: Treach, YG , T.I. and Snoop Dogg perform 2017 Inductee Tupac Shakur onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. Debuting on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Tupac Shakur fans are hopeful that the late rapper’s estate will release new music after his official Instagram account teased something new.

A surprising new release seemingly titled “1998” is set to drop this coming Saturday (Nov. 27.), and the announcement was made on Instagram on Tuesday, according to Complex. Word of the new track was accompanied by an image of Pac with the year 1998 in quotation marks. Fans are also directed to a website and urged to sign up “to be the first to know.”

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The release is likely connected to Pac’s estate winning a lawsuit against Entertainment One over unpaid royalties. The case dates back to 2003 when the mother of the hip-hop legend, Afeni Shakur, sued the label to recover her son’s unreleased music. The legal battle wrapped in Oct. 2018, after the estate secured rights to his music, including two to three unreleased albums.

The release is also timed with Tupac’s posthumously released Greatest Hits album. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the collection and the estate is asking fans to sign up for alerts about when the new material drops.

In related news, Pac’s estate teamed up with Marvel Comics earlier this month to release a Black Panther crossover line of clothing.

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“The intersection of music and Black Panther is such a vital part of that property, so it is fantastic to co-brand with an influential artist like 2Pac on a new collection of Marvel apparel,” Paul Gitter, SVP of Marvel Licensing, told Complex.

The nine-piece collection includes hoodies, tees, and long sleeves and prices range from $25 for tees to $50 for hoodies, the site says.

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