On Wednesday, June 16th, the famous 2Pac turns 50 years old. To commemorate the occasion, Jada Pinkett Smith shared a never-before-seen poem penned by the late rapper on Instagram.
“Tupac Amaru Shakur would have been 50 midnight tonight!” In the caption, she wrote. “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. Happy ‘you goin’n to be 50 at midnight’ Birthday Pac! I got next. P.s I was planning to post tomorrow which is why the video says today is Pac’s bday. But I decided to start earlyyyyy.”
Before reciting “Lost Soulz,” Jada Pinkett Smith explained the poem’s context and stated that she believed 2Pac would be ok with her sharing his thoughts with the public.
“I went down memory lane over the years,” she remarked. “Pac wrote me many letters and many poems and I don’t think this one has ever been published, honestly. He had a song called ‘Lost Souls’ on the Gang Related soundtrack but I believe this was the original concept because he wrote this, I believe, when he was at Rikers [Island]. And I was like, I don’t think he would have minded that I share this with you guys.”
According to 2Pac, “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.”
He goes on to say, “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.”
After meeting in high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Jada Pinkett Smith became close friends with 2Pac and was greatly affected by his murder in a drive-by shooting on September 13, 1996. During an episode of her Red Table Talk show in 2018, she discussed the passing of 2Pac.
“I’ve had a lot of loss,” she said. “So many of my close friends gone. They didn’t make it to 30. They didn’t make it past 25. A lot of people talk about my relationship with Pac and figure that out. That was a huge loss I my life.”
She added, “Because he was one of those people I expected to be here. My upset is more anger because I feel like he left me. And I know that’s not true and it’s a very selfish way to think about it… I really did believe he’d be here for the long run. And when I think about it I still get really mad.”