Kendrick Lamar Writes Tribute to 2Pac

Kendrick Lamar Writes Tribute to 2Pac

Kendrick Lamar photo by Jessica Lehrman

Nineteen years ago today, 2Pac died. Today, 2Pac’s official website published a note from Kendrick Lamar honoring the late rapper. It 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.


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.

To Pimp a Butterfly closes with a "conversation" between Lamar and 2Pac. Lamar later revealed that the album was originally called Tu Pimp a Catterpillar (which, when abbreviated, is TuPAC). 

Watch Lamar discuss the 2Pac interview from To Pimp a Butterfly:

via Latest News – Pitchfork