If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar’s music, it’s clear that he’s drawn special inspiration from the works of Tupac Shakur. Yesterday (September 13th) marked the 19th anniversary of the late rapper’s death at the age of 25.
Despite his youth at the time of his death, Tupac’s influence continues to resonate with fans and artists alike, especially Kendrick Lamar. In honor of one of raps most prolific voices, K.Dot penned a short and sweet open letter to his mentor which was posted on Tupac’s official site.
“I was 8 years old when I first saw you,” Kendrick wrote. “I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many different emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. Twenty years 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 you to listen.”
The letter reads like a conversation from Lamar to the fallen rapper, much like a continuation of Kendrick’s “conversation” on “Mortal Man.”
Rest in peace ‘Pac.