Eminem's fan mail and artwork is on display in the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Georgia
Eminem wrote a fan letter to Tupac’s mother Afeni claiming the late rapper gave him ‘courage.’
The fan letter is accompanied by a drawing of Tupac and is currently on display in the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, which was founded by Tupac’s mother Afeni in 1997.
After apologising for the drawing looking “a little sloppy”, Eminem goes on to thank Afeni for her kindness and support before explaining the impact Tupac Shakur has had on his own career as a rapper.
“As I have said before, you have no idea how much your son and his music has inspired not only the “hip hop” world, but, speaking for myself, has inspired my whole career. He was, and still is, the true definition of a “Soldier”” writes Eminem.
“When I was feeling at my ‘worst’: (before fame, before Dre) I knew I could put that “Tupac” tape in, and suddenly, things weren’t so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say “F**k the world!” “This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go f**k yourself!” Thank you for giving us his spirit, and yours! God Bless you! love, Marshall”
Read the full letter and see Eminem’s Tupac Shakur fan art here.
Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being shot several times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas six days earlier. His killer has never been found. He has now sold over 75 million records worldwide, having released a greater number of studio albums since his death than when he was alive.
It was recently confirmed that Tupac Shakur will feature as a character in the forthcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Ice Cube posted a photo of the rap icon to Instagram on what would have been his 44th birthday, confirming they were shooting a scene involving Shakur.
Meanwhile, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar have all been confirmed to appear on the film’s soundtrack, which will also feature anticipated new music from Dr Dre.
Dre’s former hip-hop group NWA formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1991. Its members included Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Eazy-E. Eazy-E passed away in 1995.
With Straight Outta Compton set to be released in the UK on August 28, director F. Gary Grew spoke about its soundtrack in a new interview.
“Dr Dre, it took him 15 years to step out and say, ‘I want to do music again’ in the way that he’s doing it,” Grew told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con.
“The soundtrack is insane. Seriously, it’s incredible. He went deep and you can hear some of his influences, with jazz and soul and a little bit of funk. And Kendrick Lamar is on, Eminem; a lot of great guest stars. But it’s really Dre and how he’s evolved and how he’s matured as not only a person, but as an artist. It’s deep and it’s great.”