The world is grateful to Afeni Shakur Davis who died aged 69, on Monday (May, 2) for the hip-hop legacy of her son, Tupac.
One person overwhelmed with gratitude is Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III.
In 2015, an undated letter from the rapper which his label, Shady Records, confirmed as written by Eminem himself surfaced after it was shared online.
The letter which referred to Afeni as “a true queen”, was originally published in 2008 in a book titled Tupac Remembered. It went further to be displayed at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Centre for the Arts in Georgia, US.
Eminem began by apologizing, he wrote:
Dear Afeni, Sorry if it looks a little sloppy. I could have done a lot better if I had the right pencils, instead, I had to draw it in pen.
Plus, I just kind of thought of the idea a little too late. But I have been drawing since I was ten and I thought you might like it.
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. 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 put that “2Pac” tape in, and suddenly, things weren’t 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!”
R.I.P Afeni Shakur.