The Lost Ones
Real Tupac fans are familiar with the liner notes from the rapper’s fifth studio album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory: “WAR TIME! Worldwide, Nationwide, Citywide, Real Ni**az Do Real Things.”
However, few know about the original liner notes from the album, as they have gone unreleased until now.
Twenty-two years after Tupac’s fatal shooting in Nevada, Gotta Have Rock and Roll — a prominent online auction website — has the “creditz” up for sale. Bidding on the handwritten note starts at a whopping 30k.
According to the auction site, the note released with the posthumously dropped album in 1996 is a part of a much longer version. The site’s team says that thanks to a “very close friend of Tupac’s,” they have the orginal, handwritten copy to sell.
“I dedicate this 2 Jack “the Snitch” Agnant for ordering the hit, 2 Tut for shootin me, 2 Puffy, Big, Stretch, Lil Shawn, Jimmy henchman & whoever else remained silent while quietly conspiring my downfall, I thank u,” Tupac started. He goes on to thank “Soon as I Get Home” singer Faith Evans “for the greatest weapon ever,” citing her “low self esteem & beat up pu**y,” before thanking Wendy Williams — who was working as a radio host at the time — for “being a fat b**ch.”
“Thanks 2 Mobb Deep 4 opening your mouth & letting me squash ya No Recond Selling a**es 2 dust,” Tupac continues. He then sarcastically thanks Dr. Dre, De la Soul, Donnie Simpson “& all the comedians who laughed when I bled,” Jay Z and Lil Kim.
Signed Makaveli, the letter ends with, “Now it’s time 2 c whose watchin 2 many movies & whose ready 2 get they cash on 4 real” and “Real Ni**az Do Real Thingz.”
In the past, Tupac’s belongings have done well at the auction block. In October of last year, a luxury car dealer called Celebrity Cars Las Vegas sold the BMW that Tupac was riding in when he was murdered on the Las Vegas strip. The company set the bullet-riddled 7-series up for sale on eBay, where they asked $1.5 million for it.
“This is the actual car that Tupac Shakur was shot while riding in after a Fight at the MGM in Las Vegas. It was driven by Suge Knight and originally leased by Death Row Records,” Celebrity Cars wrote in the ad. “There is a small indentation where we believe one of the bullet holes was but it is hard to tell. Other than that it is fully restored. The photo of the bullet holes is just for reference. The wheels have been replaced with the same wheels that it had at the time of the shooting.”
A little while after that, a photo of Tupac’s Lil Makaveli went up for auction by Gotta Have Rock and Roll. According to the image description at the time, pre-fame Tupac had a thing for dropping his pants around friends. The images on this roll of film come from a night when Pac was feeling particularly prankish.
“A collection of Tupac Shakur original photographs and negatives featuring a graphic nude photograph of Tupac. Taken at a house party in Marin, California in 1990, the story behind the nude photograph is that Tupac would, on occasion, drop his pants when least expected and catch his friends by surprise,” the site wrote with the photo.
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