It’s safe to say that the cultural influence and creativity of Tupac Shakur rubbed off on Kendrick Lamar. K. Dot expresses his admiration for the late West Coast rapper in interviews and songs. His latest album To Pimp A Butterfly contained a song titled “Mortal Man” where Kendrick imagined a conversation with him and Pac.

Today on the 19th deathiversary of the Hip Hop icon, an open letter from Kendrick Lamar detailing the first time he saw the rapper was posted on Shakur’s official website. Check out the heartfelt letter below:

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The rapper/poet/actor’s legend lives on forever. RIP TUPAC.

Tweet me, @miss2bees.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.