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Tupac Photo Shoot By Chi Modu In Atlanta 1994

On 5th May 1994, one of the most iconic Tupac Photo shoot occurred. The photos shot on that day would become some of the most iconic photographs in music today. Also would the same day Tupac and Chi Modu would meet.

The now legendary photographer has taken photographs of Snoop Dogg, Nas and many more. Chi Modu had four shoots with Tupac over the two and a half year period of knowing him.

Chi Modu
One of the most iconic photographs of Tupac taken by Chi Modu

Speaking on the first shoot he had with Tupac, Chi praised Tupac’s professionalism. “When I met him on location in Atlanta in 1994 he was quite cooperative and a really nice guy. It was a shoot for The Source magazine, and he arrived early. Tupac was the ultimate professional and he respected my time and skills. After we finished his first Source cover shoot in Atlanta, we went back to his home in Stone Mountain, GA to hang out.”

Chi Modu
Tupac captured by Chi Modu

“He called me aside and showed me his entire gun collection in his bedroom, all his AKs, banana clips, Glocks, everything. Then he moved a picture on the wall in his bedroom, revealing a bullet hole. This was from when he fired a shot in his bedroom because he was on probation and prohibited from going to the firing range. We all laughed afterwards”, recalls Chi Modu.

Chi Modu

The photographs taken from this shoot have been used many times over in publications. Hip Hop magazine The Source used a shot on its September 1994 issue. Rolling Stone used a shot on its cover for the December 2012 issue titled “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All Time”.

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