Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to Tupac Shakur on the 19th anniversary of his death

Paying tribute to one of his heroes, Tupac Shakur, on the 19th anniversary of his death, Kendrick Lamar has published a heartfelt open letter on the official 2pac website, saying how big an impact the hip-hop legend had on him as a young boy.

Kendrick Lamar Tupac tribute

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.

The impact Shakur made on Lamar’s career is clearly etched into his latest record, To Pimp A Butterfly. The record closes with a fictional conversation with Tupac. He also recently revealed that that the album was originally called Tu Pimp a Catterpillar (which, when abbreviated, is TuPAC).