By Paco Lopez
According to a story in Esquire, former rap legend 2Pac wrote a letter while serving time for sexual assault at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995.
In the letter, Shakur “broke up” with Madonna after allegedly having a romantic relationship with the pop star. Imagine THAT power couple. The Queen of Pop and (arguably) the King of Rap, at the time. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
The rapper writes to Madonna, “For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career—if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” but the Hip Hop icon was more concerned with his image than his emotions.
Shakur continued,”But for me, at least in my previous perception, I felt due to my ‘image,’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.”
The two had met at the at the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles in March 1993 and began a relationship the following year.
Rolling Stone has confirmed the authenticity of the hand written letter.
The biggest reason that this letter has created such a commotion, is because it is an item that will be going up for auction at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll sale, which is scheduled for July 19 to 28. No one is sure how much the letter will sell for at the end of the auction, but, we know that the bidding will begin at $100,000. The sky’s the limit.
Tupac also admitted in the letter that Madonna had broken his heart when she admitted in an interview to have dated “rappers” (plural).
Also in the correspondence Shakur wrote, “You said ‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers and basketball players’ or something to that affect,” he continued “Those words cut me deep seeing as how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself. It was at this moment out of hurt and natural instinct to strike back and defend my hurt and ego that I said a lot of things.”
Don’t be surprised if you see the letter end up in the hands of Madonna at the end of the auction.
Shakur died in a drive by shooting on the streets of Las Vegas September of 1996.