Eminem penned a touching letter in the October ‘Nowstalgia’ issue of Paper magazine revealing how the late Tupac Shakur was a true genius.
In the publication, where three rappers in the music industry were asked to pay tribute to leaders in the game who have passed on, Eminem expressed his absolute love for the Shakur.
“He was taking things further than a lot of rappers at the time — pushing it to the next level as far as giving feeling to his words and his music. A lot of people say, ‘You feel Pac,’ and it’s absolutely true. The way he chose which words to say with which beat was genius; it’s like he knew what part of the beat and what chord change was the right place to hit these certain words… to make them jump off the track and make you feel what he was saying. Like, listen to ‘If I Die 2Nite.’ Whatever he was rapping about, it was urgent. If it was a sad song, it’d make you cry. But there were a lot of different sides to him: fed-up, angry, militant, having a good time. His spirit spoke to me because it was like you knew everything that he was going through, especially when he made Me Against the World. You just felt every aspect of his pain, every emotion: when he was happy, when he was sad. His ability to touch people’s lives like that was incredible.”
Eminiem, who co-produced the soundtrack to the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection and produced Pac’s Loyal to the Game, continued:
He was so versatile — if you weren’t in the mood for what he was doing on this song here, he’s got something for you over here. He covered such a broad perspective and there were so many different sides to him, but the best part about him overall was that he was a human being. He would let you see that. I used to be fascinated with his interviews like, ‘Yo, what he’s saying is so true.” He would also be able to trump people who were interviewing him when they would hit him with hard questions — it was incredible. He was a superstar in every aspect of the word. You just wanted to know that guy. Like man, I wanna hang out with Pac.
In the issue, on stands on October 20, Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to Eazy-E and Swizz Beatz on Notorious B.I.G.