Actress Jada Pinkett Smith celebrated the life of rapper Tupac Shakur on what would have been his 50th birthday as she appeared on Instagram.
She shared a never before seen poem on her account, written by Shakur as a way to share with fans how she remembers him.
She captioned the video: “Tupac Shakur would have been 50 midnight tonight!
“As we prepare to celebrate his legacy… let’s remember him for that which he loved most… his way with words. Here are a few you may have never heard before.”
The poem titled Lost Soulz was hand written and gifted to Smith by Tupac before his death in 1996.
In the video Jada can be heard saying: "Pac wrote me many letters and many poems. And I don't think this has ever been published honestly."
While Tupac had later released a track titled Lost Souls, Jada said this poem was his “original concept” written in prison on Rikers Island.
She continued: "I don't think he would have minded that I shared this with you guys."
Following her introduction, Jada reads the poem out loud to her followers.
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Tupac had written: "Some say nothing gold can last forever. And 2 believe this 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. 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.
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Jada and Tupac were close childhood friends, with Jada opening up on her Facebook show Red Table Talk about how his loss affected her emotionally.
She said: “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."
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