Rapper/Actor/Activist Tupac Shakur was one of the most prolific Hip Hop artists the world has ever seen. With songs like Dear Mama, Keep Your Head Up, I Ain’t Mad At Ya and more, it’s very safe to say his music fed the soul a lot more than your average rapper. However, before Tupac ventured into the world of rap, he wrote books of poetry.
And now, almost 26 years after his untimely demise, unpublished books of poetry written by an 11-year-old Tupac Shakur will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s on March 23, 2022, and it’s expected to be sold for a lot of money. Hundreds of thousands to be exact.
This will be the Sotheby’s second auction which focuses on Hip Hop memorabilia. The first was in 2020 and was a tremendous success. Sotheby’s Global Head of Science and Popular Culture Cassandra Hatton stated, “Following the success of Sotheby’s historic first Hip Hop auction in 2020, our second sale in this series expands on the generational, geographic, and artistic scope of Hip Hop’s creative narrative,” She added, “From the ’70s to the present, from the East Coast to the West, The Art and Influence of Hip Hop seeks to represent and honor the voices and visionaries who continue to move the crowd and redefine culture.”
Poetry From 11 Year Old Tupac Auctioned
The poetry booklet also features a drawing of 2Pac dreaming of the release of members of the Black Panther Party. Allegedly 2Pac gave a copy of the book to his godfather Jamal Joseph and four other imprisoned Black Panther members. Joseph was convicted in 1981 for his involvement in robbing an armored truck. 2Pac reportedly signed the piece, “Tupac Shakur, Future Freedom Fighter.”