Honoring his late idol, Kendrick Lamar pens a tribute letter to rapper and cultural icon Tupac Shakur, who passed away 19-years-ago on Sunday. Posted on 2Pac’s official website, Kendrick writes,
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.
Lamar’s admiration of the late rapper is well documented, and he tells the Rolling Stone that as an 8 year-old, he went to see 2Pac and Dr. Dre film the video to “California Love.” “I want to say they were in a white Bentley,” Lamar said. “These motorcycle cops trying to conduct traffic but one almost scraped the car, and Pac stood up on the passenger seat, like, ‘Yo, what the fuck!’ Yelling at the police, just like on his motherfucking songs. He gave us what we wanted.”
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s feature with Quincy Jones in the latest HYPETRAK Magazine.