Within the space of 25 years, Tupac managed to influence millions of people around the world. So as this year marks the 20th anniversary of his death, I thought it may be appropriate to share the heartwarming letter which Eminem wrote to Tupac’s mother.
Writing to his mother, Afeni Shakur, Eminem said:
“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, ‘Fuck the world! This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go fuck yourself.”
The letter is now on display at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the arts. Besides it stands a sketch that Eminem drew of his inspiration.
Tupac was shot after seeing Mike Tyson at a boxing match in 1996. He sadly passed away 6 days later in hospital. Rest in peace.