Wednesday, June 16th will mark what would be the 50th birthday of Tupac Shakur. In honor of the date, his childhood friend Jada Pinkett-Smith shared an early gift to his fans–a previously-unseen song lyrics that Pac shared with her during his stint at Rikers Island in 1995.
“I went down memory lane, over the years Pac wrote me many letters and many poems,” she wrote, while showing her followers the handwritten letter of a song titled “Lost Soulz.” ” This one has never been published…I don’t think he would’ve minded that I share this with you guys.”
Jada pointed out that Tupac did have another song titled “Lost Souls” with the Outlawz on the Gang Related soundtrack, but she believes the letter contains the track’s original concept. Take a look at the lyrics in the video below.
“As we prepare to celebrate his legacy,” Pinkett wrote, “let’s remember him for that which we loved most…his way with words. Here are a few [you] may have never heard before. Happy “you goin’ to be 50 at midnight” Birthday Pac! I got next.”
Pinkett-Smith and Tupac met at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where they became close friends as they eventually entered the entertainment business.
In honor of Tupac’s legacy, Sirius XM is dedicating an entire channel offering a “comprehensive journey through the genius of [his] full musical career” for the month of June. Tune in for a limited time on Sirius XM channel 104.
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