2Pac Shakur is such a strong link in the chain of hip-hop history that even twenty years after his death, his songs are still relevant and widely popular.
In fact, the ballot for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently added Tupac Shakur alongside names like Janet Jackson, Journey and Pearl Jam.
In early October, the rapper’s prison bible was sold for $54,000 and the company that had handled the auction, Goldin Auctions, announced that a number of other collectibles from the rapper’s lifetime were available for purchase.
The Founder of Goldin Auctions, Ken Goldin, said of the late rapper;
“Twenty years after his unfortunate and mysterious murder his legend continues to grow and he is recognized as one of music’s most significant and ground-breaking artists, …We are confident that as Tupac fans get older, demand for his memorabilia will continue to grow.”
Among the memorabalia of 2Pac Shakur’s life up for sale was a four-page single-sided handwritten letter titled; “Is Thug Life Dead?” The auction was meant to open on October 10 and close October 29.
Other notable items auctioned off included a platinum plaque for Me Against the World, a hand-written and illustrated childhood letter to a friend dated Nov. 22, 1988, signed contracts from 1991 for Juice and Poetic Justice, Pac’s first contract with Digital Underground in 1991, and two framed displays of hand-written song lyrics to “Catchin Feelings” and “Wonda Why They Call You Bitch.”
The auction is past now and an unidentified buyer paid $172,725 to own the four-page essay; “Is Thug Life Dead?” The essay was sent to Nina Bhadreshwar, the publicist for Deathrow Records that 2pac was signed to during his life, with the return address of Clinton Correctional Facility, Dannemora, NY just over a month before 2Pac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas.
In the essay, 2Pac Shakur shared some words of wisdom and also reflected on the state of society and the world at large. An excerpt;
“A regular Playa plays women, A Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! I want all my homiez to know there is another level…”
The essay came with a signed letter of authenticity from Bhadreshwar and Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions also confirmed the letter’s authenticity to reporters as well as the final sale price of $172,725.