Eminem's Letter To Tupac's Mom Shows A New Side Of Him

We're not crying, you're crying.

If you've ever listened to Eminem, you probably know he's not exactly a talking Mother's Day card. A recurring theme in his lyrics is his — um — strong feelings toward his mother, and his less-than-chummy relationship with his daughter's mom, Kim. So we were throat-lumpingly (it's a word now, go with it) surprised when we found this hand-written letter and drawing Eminem sent to Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother.


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It's not clear exactly when the letter was written, but according to Complex it was featured in a 2007 book on Tupac's life. Who knew Eminem was such a great sketch artist?

Dear Afeni,

Sorry if it looks a little sloppy, I could've done a little better if I had the right pencils. Instead, I had to draw it in pen. Plus, I just kind of thought of the idea a little too late. But I've been drawing since I was 10, and I thought you might like it. Anyways, thank you for always being so kind to me. You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I will never forget the opportunities you have given me. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. As I have said before, you have no idea how much your son and his music has inspired, not only the "Hip Hop" world, but, speaking for myself, has inspired my whole career. He was, and still is, the true definition of a "Soldier." When I was feeling at my "worst," (before fame, before Dre) I knew I could put that "Tupac" tape in, and suddenly, things weren't so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say "F**k the world!" This is who I am!  And if you don't like it, go f**k yourself!" Thank you for giving us his spirit, and yours! God Bless you!



"You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word."

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