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Eminem’s Heartfelt Letter To Tupac’s Mom After The Rapper’s Passing Is A Must….

The handwritten letter, which also had a sketch of Tupac made by Eminem, helped Afeni Shakur get through hard times.

 

Iconic Tupac Shakur inspired countless artists with his flawless raps, dramatic performances and enthralling music. Among his countless admirers was Eminem. When Tupac was an international star, Slim Shady was trying to make a name for himself in the music industry while working in a fast-food restaurant. So years later, when he became a legend among rappers, he penned a heartwarming letter to Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, sometime after Tupac’s death from a gunshot in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 13, 1996.

Image Source: Inductee Eminem performs on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on November 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Image Source: Inductee Eminem performs on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on November 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The letter by Eminem, which was originally published in the rapper’s 2008 biography “Tupac Remembered,” has resurfaced on social media, receiving emotional responses from fans of the duo. In addition to a handwritten letter, the “Killshot” rapper also enclosed a drawing he made of Tupac. He began the letter by modestly calling the drawing “sloppy” and added that he could have drawn a better sketch, given he had a good quality supply of pencils and pens at the time.


“I’ve been drawing since I was 10, and I thought you might like it,” he wrote. “Anyways, thank you for always being so kind to me. You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I will never forget the opportunities you have given me. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers.”

Image Source: Eminem on stage during the 2010 BET Awards Show at The Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Source: Eminem on stage during the 2010 BET Awards Show at The Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

The letter continued, “As I have said before, you have no idea how much your son and his music has inspired not only the ‘hip-hop’ world but, speaking for myself, inspired my whole career. He was and still is the true definition of a ‘soldier’.” Eminem shared how Tupac gave him the courage to stand up for himself against the world and care the least if people liked him or not. “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…Thank you for giving us his spirit and yours! God bless you!” Tucked with the letter, he attached Tupac’s signature bandana and signed the note with the initial of his original name, “Love, Marshall.”

 

Image Source: Reddit | r/Eminem

Image Source: Reddit | r/Eminem
A screenshot of the letter was also shared on Reddit by r/Eminem, the official subreddit for Eminem records. As per Rolling Stone, the emotional letter was also displayed in an exhibition at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

 

In April 2023, Eminem appeared in a in “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur” docuseries and spoke about his deepest feelings for Tupac. “Tupac was the first rapper to me that could make you cry. I felt him that much. He was one year older than me. After he passed, I wrote to Afeni and drew a picture. She understood I was such a huge Tupac fan. She’s like the sweetest lady I’ve ever met.”


This instance, according to Eminem, led him to work as a producer and executive producer with Tupac’s mother on the soundtrack for his 2003 documentary “Tupac: Resurrection.” Eminem also contributed to the production of Tupac’s fifth posthumous album “Loyal to the Game,” which was released in 2004 and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200.

Image Source: Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Image Source: Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Following this heartfelt gesture, Afeni replied to Eminem with a where she thanked him. She revealed that though many people had approached her to express their gratefulness and praise for her son, almost always they had some personal agenda hidden behind their compliments. She said that Eminem was the first one who hadn’t asked her anything in return for his love. “Not until now has anyone approached me to give everything they have, and to give it with such integrity,” she wrote.

 

“This is the spirit that we all need to search our souls for to give to each other, unconditionally, without personal agenda for no reason but that it’s the right thing to do,” she said. “I believe this young man has given his spirit to Tupac’s project because of what Tupac’s spirit gave to him and to all of us, young, old, male, female, black, white, and brown.” She concluded, “I must personally thank Marshall Mathers, for stepping up to the plate and in Tupac’s words…. thank him for staying loyal to the game.”

Image Source: Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, watches an African drum ceremony on September 9, 2006 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. (Photo by Annette Brown/Getty Images)

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