Tupac fans may now bid on an auction that will give them a glimpse into the Hip-Hop legend’s life.
The late rapper’s handwritten love poem “All Eye Was Lookin 4” is presently up for auction on Moments in Time, an online autograph dealer, according to TMZ.
The songwriter proclaims his love for a woman named Simi throughout the stanzas. According to the website of Moments in Time, the love poem was “the genesis” for Tupac’s final album, “All Eyez on Me.”
“4 Romeo there was Juliet, 4 Sampson was Delilah, 4 Heaven there was hell, 4 water there is fire, but me, I walk alone w life, w search of something pure, then I came across a woman who was All I was looking for,” he wrote.
Tupac signed it on August 26, 1995, exactly a year before his death.
In the final stanza, Shakur writes, “Will she see my true colors?” “Will she know my heart is pure?”
“Will it be here love that heals my heart / can she be the cure. Will she be too scared 2 take a chance / will my affection be ignored. Or does she want me, like I want her? That’s all I was looking 4! ”
“4 Simi, from the heart of 2Pac,” the poem signs.
“All Eyez On Me” is the title track from Shakur’s fourth studio album, which was his final release. The project was canceled seven months before his death, in February 1996.
Tupac’s poetry now has an opening bid of $95,000 as of this writing.
Tupac’s legacy has thrived in recent years, particularly in the digital realm.
According to Rolling Stone, rare and unpublished images from his debut album release party were distributed as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on OpenSea last month.
And it’s not the end of the NFT releases.
AfroTech recently reported that Flash Mints — an NFT platform named after Hip-Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash — also has superstars like Tupac and others who helped shape the genre into what it is today.
“It’s our job as the collective of holding this history and that we share the best of the best so we can tell the best stories,” photographer T. Eric Monroe shared with AfroTech. “I’m glad to be alive at this moment — rest in peace to Chi and Ricky — and that me, Jamil, and [Yaasmyn Fula] can all tell these beautiful stories of reality. Like I get to learn about Tupac before he was known as a rapper. That’s what I truly want to know. And I look forward to helping in any way to push our story forward in a right and beautiful way.”