Nineteen years ago today, the world lost one of the most legendary rappers that this world has ever seen. Tupac Shakur, more well known for his stage name 2pac, lost his life after being shot due to his involvement in the East Coast versus West Coast feud.
However, Shakur is remembered for his amazing talent with music, acting, and his controversial lyrics. Tupac’s career would help to shape the entertainment industry and later inspire a handful of artists to make their own music with hopes of inspiring others. Among those artists includes Kendrick Lamar who decided to honor Shakur’s death anniversary by posting an inspiring letter to Tupac’s website. In the note, Kendrick explains how Tupac’s music acted as motivation for himself.
Read the note below.
“I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was. INSPIRED.
“The people that you touched on that small intersection changed lives forever. I told myself I wanted to be a voice for man one day. Whoever knew I was speaking out loud for u to listen.”
A few of Tupac’s handwritten lyric sheets will also be auctioned off at the Sotheby’s in London on the September 29 for quite a large chunk of change. The pieces being sold include the outro of “Tradin War Stories,” the manuscript for “Ambitionz Az A Ridah”, and the opening track from his album All Eyez On Me.