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Kendrick Lamar Honors 2Pac With A Personal Tribute On The Anniversary Of His Death

"Whoever knew I was speaking out loud for u to listen."

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album closes with an edited conversation between Kendrick and Tupac Shakur that never happened. Tupac's words are real -- they come from an interview he did with a Swedish radio station in 1994 -- but he died in 1996, when Kendrick was only 9 years old.

Kendrick has made it known how 2Pac is a massive influence on his music, from To Pimp A Butterfly's original title (Tu Pimp A Caterpillar, aka "TuPAC") to that subtle "California Love" visual reference in his "King Kunta" music video.

Sunday (Sept. 13) marks the 19-year anniversary of 2Pac's murder in Las Vegas. On 'Pac's official website, K.Dot penned a very personal note about how he met his idol at a young age, and what that meeting meant.

"I was 8 years 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.

Thank you.


September 13, 2015"

Watch Kendrick discuss his relationship with 2Pac below.