Noisey published three handwritten poems written by a teenage Tupac Shakur this week, via Citizens Of Humanity.
While they’re touted as unreleased works, all three poems previously appeared in a posthumous book of poetry by the rapper in 1999 called The Rose that Grew from Concrete.
“I wanted to get the book published while he was still alive,” Leila Steinberg, Tupac’s former manager, said of The Rose that Grew from Concrete, which she penned the intro for. “I’d been reading those poems in classroom workshops for years. I’d open an assembly to 2,000 kids by reading the Tupac poem ‘Lady Liberty Needs Glasses’ and have kids talk about what he meant by that. There are now classes at every Ivy League school on Tupac. 200 years from now, when people want to understand what was happening in race, politics and music, they will study Tupac.”
Below are two of the poems. See the rest at Citizens Of Humanity’s website.