Drake Spends Over $1 Million on Tupac Shakur’s Crown Ring Making It The Most Valuable Hip Hop Artefact Ever

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

28 Jul 2023

It seems Drake has a new addition to his expensive collection of rapper-owned memorabilia, spending over $1 million on the crown ring of the late great Tupac Shakur.

First announced by auctioneers Sotheby’s, Tupac’s yellow gold crown piece became the most valuable hip hop artefact of all time fetching a record-breaking $1.02 million (£795,000).

The iconic piece was originally expected to fetch in the range of $200,000 (£155,000) to $300,000 (£233,000).

The ring was worn by Pac during his last public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1996, in New York just three days before he was fatally shot.

Drizzy came forward to stake his claim as the new owner of the piece in an Instagram story post in promotion of his new song with Travis Scott, “Meltdown,” from Scott’s newly released Utopia album. 

Earlier this year Drake also purchased several of Pharrell Williams’ iconic Jacob & Co. Pieces for $2.2 million (£1.7m), including 14K three-tone N.E.R.D Pendant Chain, White Gold Brain Pendant Chain and his iconic Skateboard Pendant Chain which Drizzy wore in his “Jumbotron Shit Poppin” video.

Drake also reignited his long standing beef with Pusha T on “Meltdown,” taking aim at the formers frequent collaborator and friend Pharrell Williams.

“I melt down the chains that I bought from yo boss/ Give a fuck about all of that heritage shit/ Since V not around, the members done hung up the Louis/ They not even wearing that shit,” he rhymed.

Drake also seemingly refers to Pharrell’s debut LV Paris Fashion Week show last month closing out the verse saying, “You lucky that Vogue was suing/Cause I would’ve been with the Wassas in Paris and shit.”