Kendrick Lamar has paid tribute to late rapper Tupac Shakur in a moving tribute published on the anniversary of his death.
“I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you,” Lamar shared. “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. INSPIRED. 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.”
Lamar has previously spoken about how Tupac has inspired his work, particularly with his most recent release To Pimp a Butterfly.
The rapper revealed that the album was originally going to be called To Pimp a Caterpillar in order to honor Tupac.
“That was the original name and they caught it because the abbreviation was Tupac, Tu-P-A-C,” he said.
The albums closing track, ‘Mortal Man’, also features footage from a 1994 interview with Tupac.
Lamar recently joined George Clooney for the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the rapper was featured as the show’s first musical guest.
Watch the video for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ below: