It’s no secret that Kendrick Lamar has a deep admiration for Tupac Shakur. The rapper not only included a rare interview with Pac on the outro, but he also claims to have been visited by the legend in a dream. If you didn’t know, K. Dot once met the Death Row rapper 20 years ago at a music video shoot and has held the moment close to his heart ever since.
In honor of Tupac Shakur’s 19th year death anniversary last year, Kendrick Lamar penned an open letter dedicated to his idol for the world to see. The heartfelt letter can be seen via 2pac.com and serves as the only viewable content on the page.
Check out the open letter on the next page.
“I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many different emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness,” Lamar writes. “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. Thank you.”
Kendrick Lamar’s open letter shows his respect to one of the greatest artists in hip-hop history. This is proof that 2Pac’s influence on our culture will never die, especially thanks to emcees like K. Dot.
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