This isn’t the first piece of Tupac memorabilia that has been auctioned off in the past year and it certainly won’t be the last. Moments in Time has a list of Pac memorabilia that only those with deep pockets can even dream of buying. This month however, a very valuable and personal item was auctioned off; a handwritten four-page letter called “Is Thug Life Dead?” that Pac wrote while incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995. The minimum bid was set at $10,000 and after 31 bids the letter was sold for $172,725. Pac’s letter, addressed the three stages of life:
“Ours begins with a young DustKicker, a ThugN**** then finally a BossPlaya … Each stage has many obstacles and pleasure, but they are all lethal if not played properly … A regular Playa plays women. 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!”
The letter was addressed to “young black Americans,” and sent to Death Row Records employee Nina Bhadreshwar, but Pac’s label prevented the letter from ever being published.