March 31, 2023
Tupac Estate Granted Motion


Tupac’s estate won the battle over the “Makaveli” painting. A judge granted a motion to dismiss claims against Tupac Shakur’s estate dealing with the ownership of the original “Makaveli” painting.

Pseudonym Makaveli

The original album cover painting is from Tupac Shakur’s “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory,” but under the pseudonym “Makaveli.”

Original album cover painting from Tupac’s “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” (aka “Makaveli”) by Riskie Forever. Image source: Associated Press.

Zelus And Heritage Auctions In Collaboration With Riskie Forever

The original painting of the album artwork was to be auctioned with a chance to win percentage of the sales price. The company Zelus and Heritage Auctions in collaboration with Riskie Forever planned to auction the original album cover.

Amaru Entertainment wanted the auction shut down, and after an exchange of words the situation eventually had to go to court.

Zelus allegedly aims to revolutionize the way people interact with art and finance.

Who is Riskie Forever?

Artist Riskie Forever, also known as Ronald Brent, was introduced to Tupac by Suge Knight. His first project for Death Row was on Tupac’s “All Eyez On Me” album. They obviously liked what they saw and then Riskie got the opportunity to take part in “Makaveli: The 7 Day Theory.”

Tupac apparently walked the artist through his vision for what he envisioned the album cover would look like.

Tragically Tupac was never able to see or hear the reception he got from the album. But according to Riskie’s website, Tupac did see Riskie’s final product.

Case Dismissed By Judge

According to court documents obtained by the hip hop website, the judge dismissed the case without prejudice earlier this week. The Zelus group, Ronald Brent — who created the painting — and Leslie Ware wanted the judge to declare Ware the owner of the painting.

However, the court ruled it had no jurisdiction over Tupac’s estate and Amaru Entertainment.

Major Milestone Achieved In Late 2020

This coming after Tupac‘s estate achieved a major milestone a couple of years ago. His estate won a half of a decade battle over the Cali native’s unreleased music. The lawsuit claimed Entertainment One had breached a contract to pay Shakur’s royalties worth seven figures for “2007’s Beginnings: The Lost Tapes.”

The court ruled Entertainment One had to pay over six figures for royalties from Shakur’s posthumous releases.

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