His time in prison came before he was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.
NEW YORK — A Tupac Shakur letter that appears to renounce the “thug life” he embodied is up for sale.
The prison letters of Shakur are being sold 20 years after his death, but only for a buyer with BossPlaya money.
The seller, a purveyor of precious historical paperwork called Moments in Time, is selling the five-page prison letter for $225,000. It’s a fixed price, first-come-first-serve offer, according to Gary Zimet, owner of Moments in Time.
Shakur penned the papers while serving time at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., after his 1995 conviction for sexually abusing a fan.
Shakur wrote a one-page letter to Nina Bhadreshwar, a staffer at Death Row Records, and included in the envelope was a separate four-page explanation of his philosophy entitled “Is THUG Life Dead?”
“It’s long but it’s true,” he wrote to Bhardreshwar. “Use it as U see fit. I am not granting this information 2 any other publication, not even Time & Rollingstone. So please represent it.”
The rapper, who had already survived a five-bullet shooting, launched into a rambling manifesto aimed at young black men, as he contemplated his newly sober existence behind bars.
“The thug in me started buggin from withdrawal from my previous medicated state and under the pressure I nearly lost my mind,” he wrote.