A Tupac Shakur Jailhouse Letter Is Selling for $225K at Auction

The letter was to a former Death Row employee.

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2015 is apparently the year of the Tupac Shakur handwritten letter, as a personally penned 'Pac correspondence with a former Death Row employee has made its way onto the auction block. The letter was written by 'Pac in 1995 when he was in jail on a sexual assault charge, and features the late rapper writing about his desire to leave the "Thug Life" lifestyle behind and helping his crew reach another level. “[Many] never survive the next level of Thug Life.... They become addicted to death. A True Boss Playa knows when to advance.... U must play the game, not let the game play u," Pac wrote.

The letter was addressed to Nina Bhadreshwar​, who was not only a Death Row employee, but the editor of the Death Row Uncut magazine. "He enclosed a five-page essay on his view of the rite of passage of a young black male in America. And that was the beginning of our real correspondence," Bhadreshwar said of the letter. The piece is currently on sale for $225,000 through an auction site called Moments in Time. View the essay in full below. 

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