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Kendrick Lamar Remembers 2Pac on the Anniversary of the Rapper’s Death

"The people that you touched on that small intersection changed lives forever."

Kendrick Lamar closed out his critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly, you’ll remember, with a “Mortal Man,” a “conversation” between Tupac Shakur — who died 19 years ago on this date — and himself. Now the Compton rapper’s penned a touching note to 2Pac (published on the late legend’s website) in which he pays homage to the icon.

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.

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 u to listen.

Thank you.
K.L.