photo: Danny Williams for TOCK

In honor of what would have been legendary rapper Tupac Shakur's 44th birthday today, both Jhené Aiko and Joey Bada$$ have dropped heartwarming tributes to their late and great inspiration.

Earlier today, MTV posted an interview with Aiko, who said that "every birthday of his I always want to do something," with this year's homage being a trio of photos that recreate iconic Tupac shots, including the All Eyez On Me and Greatest Hits album covers. Capturing the spirit of her inspiration, Aiko sizzles in her intensity, capturing Pac's pensive attitude perfectly. 

photos: Danny Williams for TOCK

But what did Bada$$ do? Well, this morning the Pro Era prodigy also got up early on the West Coast to spit some freestyle bars over classic 'Pac instrumentals during Power 106's The Cruz Show -- and completely crushed it, particularly on his impressive "Ambitionz Az a Ridah" freestyle. 

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