Tupac Shakur: Poem, Released on on Late Rapper’s 50th Birthday

Tupac Shakur Poem’s Released on the Late Rapper’s 50th Birthday

“As we prepare to celebrate his legacy … let’s remember him for that which we loved most … his way with words,” the actress and friend says.


To commemorate what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 50th birthday, friend and actress Jada Pinkett Smith shared an unreleased poem from the late rapper.

Tupac Amaru Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 197), better known by his stage name 2Pac and by his alias Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He is considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur’s work addressed contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities. He has been regarded a symbol of activism against inequality.

The legendary musician and wordsmith was killed September 13, 1996, at the age of 25.

His legions of fans still celebrate his birthday each year. He was trending on Twitter Wednesday from messages all over the world.

Sharing the poem titled “Lost Soulz” on Instagram, Smith wrote in part for the caption: “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.”

In the video displaying the poem, the actress said, “I don’t think this one has ever been published, honestly. I don’t think he would have minded that I shared this with you guys.”

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A black and white photo of Tupac Shakur staring at the viewer

Smith was close with Shakur–she spoke against his his 2017 biopic in which she appeared as a character.

Smith pointed out a number of scenes in which she was depicted with the rapper that were inaccurate and hurtful. However, she celebrated the actors Demetrius Shipp Jr., who played Shakur, and Kat Graham, who played Smith.

“Thank you for bringing so much heart and spirit to your roles,” Smith said then on social media. “You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both.”