Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Never-Before-Seen Poem From Tupac

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Jada Pinkett Smith attends the LA Premiere of Lionsgate's "Angel Has Fallen" at Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Never-Before-Seen Poem From Tupac

The rapper would have been 50 years old today.

PUBLISHED ON : JUNE 16, 2021 / 10:19 AM

Written by BET Staff

Legendary rapper Tupac would have been 50 years old today (June 16). In honor of his birthday, Jada Pinkett Smith, a longtime friend, shared a never-before-seen poem from the “Keep Ya Head Up” artist. 

The 49-year-old wrote 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."

There is also a video in the post, and Pinkett Smith can be heard saying, "Pac wrote me many letters and many poems. And I don't think this has ever been published, honestly." She began to read "Lost Soulz," which she believes was the original concept for the 1997 song "Lost Souls."

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The Red Table host shared the handwritten poem from 2Pac, which read, "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 poem is signed,"Yours, Tupac."

On September 15, 1996, Shakur was killed in a still-unsolved Las Vegas shooting. He was 25 years old. 

See Jada Pinkett Smith’s post below:

(Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

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