Last year, K-Dot paid homage by delivering a showstopping cover of Tupac’s “California Love” at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Meanwhile, tour de force To Pimp a Butterfly is riddled with references: Closing track “Mortal Man” includes clips of a Tupac interview from 1994, and, as Lamar revealed not too long ago, the LP was originally to be titled Tu Pimp A Caterpillar (so as the abbreviation would read 2PAC vs TPAB).
This past weekend, on the 19th anniversary of Tupac’s tragic passing, Lamar offered up an especially moving tribute to the legendary West Coast rapper in the form a short message. “I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you,” he wrote on Tupac’s official website. “I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many different emotions.” He continued, “20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was. INSPIRED.”
Read Kendrick’s full message below.
“I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many different emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was.
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.
Revisit Lamar’s cover of “California Love”.