As it turns out, Eminem is a surprisingly thoughtful guy.
A handwritten letter and a portrait of Tupac, both crafted by Eminem and sent to Afeni Shakur, recently made their way to the Internet.
In the letter, Marshall thanks Afeni for all of the work she and her son did, talks about how much Tupac inspired him early on and says he considers Afeni a “true Queen” in “every sense of the word.”
He also briefly apologizes for the "sloppy" drawing he sent with the letter, despite the fact that it is an incredibly impressive portrait of the deceased rapper.
The letter was posted to Reddit and was confirmed by Shady Records to be authentic.
Here is what the entire letter says:
Dear Afeni, Sorry if it looks a little sloppy. I could've done a little better if I had the right pencils. Instead I had to draw it in pen. Plus, I just kind of thought of the idea a little too late. But I've been drawing since I was 10, and I thought you might like it. Anyways, thank you for always being so kind to me. You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I will never forget the opportunities you have given me. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. As I have said before, you have no idea how much your son and his music has inspired, not only the 'hip hop' world, but, speaking for myself, has inspired my whole career. He was, and still is, the true definition of a soldier. When I was feeling at my worst; (before fame, before Dre) I knew I could put that 'Tupac' tape in, and suddenly, things weren't so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say 'F**k the world!' 'This is who I am! And if you don't like it, go f**k yourself!' Thank you for giving us his spirit, and yours! God Bless you! love, Marshall
It isn't known when Eminem penned the letter or the drawing, but both are currently in the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Complex magazine confirmed the drawing itself is also authentic, and it was sent with the letter to Afeni.
A photo of the drawing was included in the 2007 book "Tupac Remembered."