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{MIDDAYS WITH JAZZY MCBEE} TUPAC ESSAY AUCTIONED OFF SUNDAY

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HOW MUCH DID IT SELL FOR?

In 1995 Tupac Shakur spent time in Clinton Correctional Facility after being convicted of rape.  During his stent in jail he allegedly penned a four page letter.  The letter was addressed and mailed to Nina Bhadreshwar, who was the publicist for Death Row Records at the time.

Written in essay form, the letter included a message for Black youth.  “A regular Playa plays women,” it read in part. “A Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! I want all my homiez to know there is another level.”

Shakur also included a warning to readers “Beware of Playa Haters and evil envious ‘homiez.’ They will bring u harm. It ain’t all good my people be aware! Hopefully this will do some of u some good. If it does then I don’t sit in jail in vain.”

Bhadreshwar had the letter authenticated and it sold for more than $170,000 via Goldin Auctions.  Click here to read the handwritten letter in full.

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