It is hard to believe that it has been 19 years since the passing of hip hop artist/activist/legend Tupac Shakur. For the 19th anniversary of the emcee’s passing, Kendrick Lamar, inked an open letter posted today on remembering the impact Pac had on him.

Check it out below.

I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was.
The people that you touched on that small intersection changed lives forever. I told myself I wanted to be a voice for man one day. Whoever knew I was speaking out loud for u to listen.
Thank you.