SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — On what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 50th birthday, Jada Pinkett Smith shared a handwritten poem the world has never seen and which may have been the origin of his song ‘Lost Souls,’ which was released in 1997.
“Let’s remember him for that which we loved most … his way with words. Here are a few you may have never heard before,” she posted to her Instagram just before midnight.
The poem is called ‘Lost Soulz’ and talks about how he lost his innocence and was changed by “the evil men can do,” turning cold as he served time in jail and moved through life. Pinkett Smith believes he wrote the poem while at Rikers.
In part, it says:
“We will all one Day See Death / When the purest hearts are torn apart / Lost Souls are all that’s left / Down on my knees I Beg of God / to save me from this fate”
The clip of the handwritten poem is signed Yours, Tupac.
Pinkett Smith said he had written her many letters and poems and she was going down “memory lane.” She said she doesn’t think he would have minded that she shared the poem.
The two met while attending the Baltimore School for the Arts, she said on The Arsenio Hall Show in 2014, adding that “Pac was probably one of the first male figures I had in my life,” that saw her beauty, talent, and intelligence in a non-sexual way. He died in 1996.