On Tuesday evening, singer Jada Pinkett-Smith posted a tribute to late rapper and icon Tupac Shakur on Instagram.
“Tupac Amaru Shakur would have been 50 midnight tonight! As we prepare to celebrate his legacy … let’s remember him for that which we loved most … his way with words. Here are a few you may have never heard before,” read the caption.
Pinkett-Smith, 49, also described the hand-written poem as one of her prized possessions. “Pac wrote me many letters and many poems. And I don’t think this has ever been published honestly,” she said in the video tribute.” Pinkett-Smith believes the poem in the video, entitled “Lost Soulz,” to be an original concept version for a song called “Lost Souls” that he released later on.
The poem, visible in the video itself, reads:
“Some say nothing gold can last forever / And 2 believe this [I] need no proof / I have witnessed all that was pure in me / And be changed by the evil men can do / The innocence possessed by children / Once lived inside my soul / But surviving years with criminal peers / Has turned my warm heart to cold / I used 2 dream and fantasize / But now I’m scared 2 sleep / Petrified, not to live or die / But to awaken and still be me / It is true that nothing gold can last / We will all one day see death / When the purest hearts are torn apart / LOST SOULS are all that’s left / Down on my knees I beg of God / To save me from this fate / Let me live to see what was gold in me / Before it is all too late.”
The rapper signed the poem, “Yours, Tupac.”
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