Kendrick Lamar writes note to Tupac Shakur on 19th anniversary of rapper’s death

Rapper says 2Pac left him feeling "inspired" as a child

Kendrick Lamar has written a note to the late Tupac Shakur to mark the 19th anniversary of the rapper’s death.

Lamar is a well known fan of Shakur’s and ended his 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ with a mock interview between the pair, with his own voice dubbed over an old interview. ‘Tu Pimp A Butterfly’, Lamar also revealed, was originally titled ‘To Pimp A Catterpillar (TuPac).

In the note, which was published on the official 2Pac website, Lamar cited his idol’s influence and discussed how he first came to hear his music.

The note reads:

“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.”


Meanwhile, a pair of Tupac Shakur’s signed handwritten lyric sheets will be put up for auction later this month (September).

The late rapper’s handwritten notes will go up for auction at Sotheby’s in London on the September 29, with an expected selling price of over £64,000. A Sotheby’s representative stated: “We are confident there’ll be a lot of interest.”

The lyric sheet for the outro of ‘Tradin’ War Stories’ will go up for auction alongside the manuscript containing lyrics for 2Pac‘s ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah’, the opening track of his album ‘All Eyez On Me’. He wrote both sets of lyrics while in prison, serving time for sexual assault.