Kendrick Lamar admires the brilliance and passion of Tupac Shakur, who was killed in Las Vegas 19 years ago.

Lamar has shared some heartfelt words about the late rap legend on the anniversary of his death.

In the letter, which was posted on 2Pac’s official website, the “Alright” rapper recalled the first time he saw ‘Pac as a young kid on the set of the “California Love (Remix)” video, which was filmed at the Compton swap meet near his home. It was then he realized that he wanted to become a rapper and be the voice of the people.

“I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment,” writes K-Dot.

“So many different emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was.”

Lamar praises 2Pac for being such an inspiration.

“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.”


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