[2 Pac; Luke; Snoop Doggy Dog; Crucial Conflict; Tha Dogg Pound]
3 Back From Hell at the Miami Arena concert poster, 1996
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"ROCKVILLE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS LIVE! IN PERSON! 3 BACK FROM HELL TOUR 2PAC, LUKE, SNOOP DOGGY DOG, CRUCIAL CONFLICT, THA DOGG POUND...MIAMI ARENA SAT. AUG. 24". Baltimore, Maryland: Globe Poster Printing Corp. 
Color poster, 32¼ by 22¼ in. (82 x 56.5 cm.), in black, white, orange, and blue, on thick cardstock, minor abrasions and some light staining along extreme edges.
ORIGINAL POSTER SHOWCASING THREE OF HIP HOP'S MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS TOGETHER ON ONE BILL
The 1996 3 Back From Hell Tour featured headliners representing the Miami Bass, West Coast Gangsta Rap, and upcoming Chicago scenes. The line-up boasted a then 24 year old Snoop Doggy Dog, Luke from 2 Live Crew, and Tupac Shakur. The supporting acts of Crucial Conflict and The Dogg Pound rounded out the bill. The tour traveled to venues across the United States, with the current lot hailing from the August 24th show at the Miami Arena.
This concert poster reflects a time of great output for each of the performers. Luke had recently released his album Uncle Luke, Snoop Dogg and Tupac had collaborated on the single "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (produced by Tha Dogg Pound's own Daz Dillinger from Tupac's album All Eyes on Me), and Crucial Conflict had just released their debut full-length album, The Final Tic, after signing with Universal.
Tupac's life would be tragically cut short just three weeks after the Miami performance advertised here allegedly took place. Many sources cite a show a month and a half prior (July 4th at The House of Blues in West Hollywood) as the last time Tupac would perform in public. However, the date of the tour poster offered here seems to contradict those final performance claims. Our research was unable to verify whether or not Tupac actually performed at the 3 Back From Hell Tour date represented here, rendering this poster a beguiling memento from near the end of the musician's legendary life.
The two most important and influential printing companies in the poster printing business are Globe Printing, based out of Baltimore, MD, and Colby Printing, based out of Los Angeles, CA. Because of their physical locations, Colby Printing serviced primarily the Western US market, while Globe Printing serviced the Central, Eastern, and Southern US markets. Globe's trademark posters used bright, reflective colors to draw attention to the performers featured on its iconic boxing style, large format posters. Colby used a more standard block letter, large format square design which could easily be read by occupants of passing cars on the freeways and thoroughfares of Los Angeles and other Western localities. Globe Printing and Colby Printing provided a generation of music fans with the advertisements and information about upcoming live-appearances from their favorite performers, and are therefore deeply embedded in the nostalgia of music fans everywhere.
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