Meet Zed Legacy: 2PAC Reincarnation from Zambia

Zed 2Pac is a Zambian artist who pays tribute to the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur by incorporating his spirit and influence into his own creative work.

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Meet Zed Legacy: 2PAC Reincarnation from Zambia
Instagram @legaahzadtupac

Zed 2pac, Legaah, or Legacy is a self-acclaimed reincarnated 2pac maximizing on his striking resemblance to the legendary 2pac Amaru Shakur to keep Zambian hip-hop music alive. Born Fredrick Thole in Ndola, Zambia, on June 7, 1985, Zed 2pac has garnered significant attention on social media with his appearance and music bearing a similar style to the hip-hop legend. 

2pac Amaru Shakur was undoubtedly one of the most influential rappers in hip-hop culture. He was popular for using his music as a voice against violence, discrimination, classism, police brutality, and other cries for Social Justice. Zed 2pac however, claims to maintain the legacy of his mentor. 

Rapper Tupac Shakur performs at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994.
Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images.
Zed 2pac Legaah. Instagram @legaahzadtupac

Can he uphold 2pac’s iconic legacy? Many conversations can be made around the possibility of Zed’s ability to measure up to the iconic 2pac figure which he’s also not relenting to show us he’s up to the task. On his YouTube page, @LEGACY AKA Zed Tupac introduced his music as “a fusion of legacy and modernity as I channel the essence of 2Pac’s poetic brilliance into my unique sound. Explore a dynamic mix of raw lyricism and thought-provoking storytelling that pays homage to hip-hop’s roots while embracing its evolution.” 

Just like 2pac, Legaah has a clean-shaven head and a distinct goatee with a little mustache. He also ties a bandanna around his head and wears a nose ring which are the major signatures of Shakur. To make it more convincing, the doppelgänger also has some makeshift tattoos. Zed’s lyrics focus on mid-activism and ‘hood music’ with some of his popular songs ‘Don’t Cry’, ‘I’m still celebrating’, ‘Danger’, and ‘Ghetto (ft Mo money)’ capturing the spirit of Shakur’s activism and cry for a balanced society.

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