Happy 40th, Tupac

Although Tupac Shakur isn’t around to enjoy what would have been his 40th birthday, that’s not stopping a group including his mother and Erykah Badu from putting together a concert celebration to mark the occasion.

The Tupac 40th Birthday Concert is being held on the rapper’s birthday, June 16, at Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Comedian/actor Mike Epps is hosting the birthday concert for the third consecutive year along with 2Pac’s mother, Miss Afeni Shakur.

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“I am greatly honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s 40th birthday,” Badu said in a statement posted to AllHipHop.com. “I do not take this honor for granted.”

In addition to a headline performance from Badu, the concert will feature Roy Ayers, Bun B, 8Ball & MJG and Too Short. DJ Drama will also be there spinning tunes.

Tickets, which are on sale through the Woodruff Center’s website, are priced between $45 and $150. (Taxes and service charges are not included in the quoted prices.) Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amura Shakur Foundation, a non-profit organization located in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Shakur died from internal bleeding at age 25 on Sept. 13, 1996, days after being shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Before his death the rapper released four studio albums including 2006’s All Eyez on Me. Later that year his fifth and final studio album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, was released posthumously. Along with rapping and producing records, Shakur also pursued an acting career with appearances in 1992’s “Juice,” 1993’s “Poetic Justice,” a 1993 episode of “In Living Color” and 1996’s “Bullet.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here for the Woodruff Center’s website.