2Pac “Becoming Clean” Photo Shoot

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet. Here’s film from the set of 2Pac’s iconic “Becoming Clean” photo shoot. Shot by photographer David LaChapelle, the photo was taken following Pac’s release from prison. Below is an interview of LaChapelle discussing the shoot.

DM: I feel that a lot of your work emphasises on beauty in people, regardless of colour or size. One of my favourite pieces of your work is “Becoming Clean” with Tupac Shakur amongst others. How was it like work with him?
DL: Tupac was great, he was very sensitive and is truly a good person. I wrote to his mum when he died and she sent me flowers and gave me his last song, “Ghetto Gospel.” When we did the shoot, he had just come out of prison and every shot has a reason, it’s never random, so this was the idea of the photo shoot, him becoming clean. He had given this interview when he was still in prison and he really opened up and was so honest. I had read it and thought it was so truthful so for the work I did with him, there was this idea of washing away and rebirth. And we did another shoot where he posed as a slave on a cotton field. They traced rapping and rhyming to “call and repeat” during slavery time in sugar cane and cotton fields to pass the time. It’s on the Hotel Lachapelle book. Tupac came to the shoot 2 hours early, which was very unusual for a rapper. So I wasn’t ready for the shoot and he didn’t care. He reminded me of my black friends whom I went to art schools with, he was so cool, open-minded and chill. He wasn’t judgemental. Then later on, I found out that he had gone to an art school. He left behind a big bag of socks and underwear because he had just come out from prison and never picked it up. He died shortly after. I still wear his socks sometimes (laughs). 

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  • mac DIESEL

    “I still wear his socks sometimes (laughs).”

    ^

    UHHH…OKAY!!!! THAT’S KINDA WEIRD??!!

    ….ANYWAY, THIS JUST SHOWS U HOW ‘PAC WAS NOT THAT KINDA GUY WHEN HE WAS WIT DEATH ROW!!!! IT WAS ALL A FACADE!!!! SUGE KNIGHT BRAINWASHED THE SHIT OUTTA ‘PAC!!!! WORD!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • the instigator

    just think: a nigga laid up in a tub w/ a faggot wearing a shirt w/ his pic on standing next to the tub, two white boys taking pics of him, suggesting poses for the pics, while he aint got on nothin but some drawls and jewels!

    is this the thug life yall niggaz been chasin after?!? more like the tub life…..

  • Majk

    “NO BEEF… PEACE”

  • Obama

    Pac’s expression at 12:15 is HEAVY!!!! When he sees that test pic an is faced with what these devils are doing to him… You can see the confusion and sadness on his face…. Fuck George Pryce…. Fuck David Lachapelle… Fuck these evil ass snakes and handlers…. I’m so thankful that technology is allowing artists to take their career’s and their lives back into their own hands…. Sad to think this is the dude that claimed that ‘killuminati’ shit and truthfully he died as a tragic puppet…

  • Your mother’s “friend”

    @mac DIESEL true, i watched that prison interview over the weekend & i couldn’t believe that was the same guy in the “hit em up” video

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  • the instigator

    obama, first of all i accepted ya long birth certificate, ok. i wouldna gave in to dem teabag party punks. but then again, im cut from a different cloth. and it aint silk!

    secondly, aint no confusion or sadness on that nigs face when he looks at the pic! if fact, 12:21 the nigga laughs about something, more’n likely the pic. so dont try to paint that nigga with a victims brush. he knew exakly what he was doing when he got into a tub wit boxas and bling on so that two dudes could take pics of him!

  • mac DIESEL

    @ your mother’s “friend”

    NO DOUBT!!!! SUGE USED ‘PAC’S VULNERABILITY AND ANGER TO HIS ADVANTAGE WHEN ‘PAC GOT OUTTA PRISON!!!! HE USED MONEY, FAME, CARS WOMAN, ETC. TO BRAINWASH ‘PAC!!!! SUGE WAS NOTHIN’ BUT NEGATIVE ENERGY!!!! JUST LOOK AT HIS LIFE NOW!!!! HE’S A FUCKIN’ BUM!!!! HA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Inside I’m ICE, Outside I’m LAVA!!

    These liberals really have mental disorder, warped in their little fantasies, why not have PAC in a sauna wrapped in a towel and a cigar or some shit like that, rather than have him in a tub wrapped I jewels naked, reminds me of some Egyptian fantasy homo shit, no disrespect!

  • Gym Stone

    thats crazy to see that..wow… Apple giving away iPad, because they were getting sued about giving away users locations..I got 2..haha http://goo.gl/5wVVj

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  • Nickey Negrito

    All these comments above mine with pure speculation and assumptions. A professional photographer and the other folks. The becoming clean picture I say is for woman and the slave picture is for everybody and that picture was genius, better than any Michaelangelo artwork. The slave picture reminds me of Nat Turner for some reason and the little girl on his side looks like she was hiding behind Pac from the slavemasters.

    Basically some fucking idiots above my comment, including Mac!

  • llll

    GOAT…

  • Nickey Negrito

    The “becoming clean” picture has been displayed for 15years now. Now you see how it was shot, all of a sudden “it’s gay!” “he’s a puppet!”

    Clearly if you cornballs listen to the video, PAC asked Poppa V for the picture and Tupac said “this Is dope.”

    He was looking in a picture album full of legendary actors and models shot by Lachappelle. Pac knew what type of photo he wanted.

    I’m only sticking up for Pac because “you men” love making everything “gay.” That’s sad!

  • DJ Game

    I like some of Pac’s music but I don’t qualify him as the best or even in my top 5, or even the top 10 for that matter. Maybe cause I’m an east coast cat. Either way it was a shame this man was taken from us at such an early age. It’s going on 15 years already; time flies by.

  • DIGGSY!!!

    This was on a dvd i bought for like $40 a few yrs back. there is one part on it where george pryce is talkin about when they where there at the hotel for this shoot. 2pac was askin him to take him to a room so he could use the phone to call his mom. so pac gets on the phone and calls afeni and they start talkin and all of a sudden pac says “mom you will never believe who i fucked last night. QUINCY JONES DAUGHTER”! true story

  • Nickey Negrito

    At Diggy, who wouldn’t bang QJ daughters?

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  • mac DIESEL

    @ Nicky “Niglet” Negrito

    IT’S http://www.macDIESELFANCLUB.com!!!! FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AND GET YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN 2 WEEKS!!!! THANKS FOR JOINING!!!!

    ….HA!!!! FUCKBOY!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

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  • wuu

    if someone woukd of done this shit now yall niggas woulda said all this gay shit….lmao its funny thankyou rapradar!!! tupac did Lot suspect shit back in the days.the tub shit, the leather pants with the cowboy boots, the nose ring but hes the realest and hardest right?

  • Rico Grave

    Gay

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  • TonyTelfair

    yo who was the chick he was pointing out in the book?

  • Belize

    @mac DIESEL: Word nigga, that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking.

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  • Nickey Negrito

    At Mac….. Harsh words ” Niglet” & “Fuck Boy”

    I think me callin u an “idiot” & “cornball” struck a nerve.

    Middlefinga towards your fanclub!

  • mac DIESEL

    ^

    OH, SO NOW U WANNA BACK OUT THE MEMBERSHIP??!! FUCK YOU THEN NIGGA!!!!

    ….HA!!!! NICKY NIGLET!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Donn

    Hahaha, and ppl talk about Rick Ross

    Tupac was a ballerina, and never been in any kind of trouble until he got famous. I don’t have one Tupac record on my iPod, i’m not a fan at all, i appreciate what he’s done for the culture, dn’t get me wrong, but i don’t appreciate how ppl let certain artist get away with things and for others they get slandered

  • d’s

    am i the only dummy who actually clicked on that macdiesel link?

  • http://deleted will

    whats the name of that first song in the background

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  • Word

    Meehhh, I dont give a fuck what niggas say. Pac was ILL and a dope lyricist, so all is forgiven. Ross has good beats and thats it. Why should I give a fuck about dude? What has he done for the culture?

    @Donn you answered your own query. You said “what hes done for the culture” its BECAUSE of what hes done for the culture that he gets a pass because for the most part, dude was real! Ross aint do shit for the culture except provide one great album (Deeper Than Rap) one okay one (Teflon) and 2 forgettable ones.

  • Nickey Negrito

    Donn needs to join the macDiesel fan club. I really dislike idiots who dislike every thing about Pac. But I bet Donn loves some Eminem.

    Pac was more than a rapper, he was a future BLACK leader. He was taking out at an early age so he wouldn’t be able to lead.

    Imagine if Malcolm X died at 25?
    Imagine if Martin died at 25?

    Get the point?

  • Donn

    I listen to “SANE” Eminem, the real records, not the sticking shit up my ass Eminem that some of you love @ Nickey

    And i can agree with @Word about the culture thing, i still don’t think ppl should be given passes and others not

    What’s worse, being a ballerina or being a C.O. ???

  • wuu

    @nickey but im sure if something has to do with lil b thats gay right? not this..go fuck yourself this was gay!!!!!!

  • wuu

    @word
    how do you know how tupac would be now if he was alive??? would he get backlash like most famous rappers do…would he gave taken the more pop route?we woulda never know only legends in my eyes are eminem and jay-z cuz they stood the test time…thats like saying if 50 woulda died after get rich or die trying…we would see him as a legend ! we never got to see him evolve..

  • Word

    @Donn – If you say “Fuck the Police” and you use to be a police?? Then being a CO is worse. Ballerina aint that bad, some Pro atheletes use Ballet as a way to stay flexible. Thats how they bodies bend in those inhuman ways and they still get up.

    @wuu i see your point but i cant speak on how things would be had Pac not died. Waaaayyyy too many factors to consider. But I def. see your point tho

  • moo cow

    “He reminded me of my black friends whom I went to art schools with”

    umm

  • Nickey Negrito

    Like I said b4, RAPRADAR has got some real ignorant idiots on their site. I say “some” cuz not all.

    But Wuu, has got to be one 4sure. Using Lil B who says “I’m gay” and comparing it to a professional photographer taking professional photos of a legend.

    Wuu is Lil B<<<<< Lil bitchass

  • puerto-black

    RIP 2pac