Eminem's letter to Tupac's mom, Afeni Shakur, is going viral once again since the authenticity of Eminem's letter came under scrutiny on Reddit. Marshall Mathers's record label, Shady Records, has confirmed it is indeed the work of the rapper's hand, but it is the drawing that is also gaining some attention.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, you can't help but feel slightly old when you realize that Tupac Shakur's death was almost 20 years ago. What makes this even more obvious is that Eminem's daughter, Hailie, is now all grown up.
The original copy of Eminem's letter to Tupac's mom is currently on display at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The sketch and letter both appeared in the 2008 book Tupac Remembered, but these photos come from the art exhibit.
Based upon the letter itself, Marshall Mathers wrote the letter to Afeni Shakur to express how grateful he was for Tupac's influence on the rap and hip hop industry. The letter also opens by explaining his drawing of Tupac Shakur.
"Sorry if it looks a little sloppy. I could've done a little better if I had the right pencils. Instead, I had to draw it in pen. Plus, Just kind of thought of the idea a little too late. But I've been drawing since I was 10, and I thought you might like it."From there on, Eminem's letter expressed gratitude to Tupac's mother.
"Anyway, thank you for always being so kind to me. You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I will never forget the opportunities you have given me. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers."The main focus of Eminem's letter was to let Afeni know how much Tupac had affected Mathers personally.
"As I have said before, you have no idea how much your son and his music has inspired, not only the 'Hip Hop' world, but, speaking for myself, has inspired my whole career. He was, and still is, the true definition of a 'Soldier.' When I was feeling at my worst; (before fame, before Dre) I knew I could that 'Tupac' tape in, and suddenly, things were so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say, 'F**k the world! This is who I am! And if you don't like it, go f**k yourself!' Thank you for giving us his spirit, and yours! God bless you!What do you think about Eminem's letter and drawing?
[Image via Reddit]