On April 19, 2001, Tupac’s song ‘Letter 2 My Unborn’ was released as a posthumous single from his album Until the End of Time.
Released through Interscope, Amaru and Death Row Records, ‘Letter 2 My Unborn’ came five years after Tupac’s passing. The Johnny J produced track, contained a sample from Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit ‘Liberian Girl’ used at a higher tempo.
Firstly, Tupac Shakur starts off with telling of his mother’s Black Panther history, while paying homage to her courage and greatness.
He continues to give commentary on his history, speaking of the misery he endured and wanting revenge due to the turmoil. Like many other Tupac songs, the topic of death features heavily.
Nobody knows why he included death on almost all of his albums, therefore it’s for the reason that only Tupac himself could of told. Throughout, Tupac acknowledges the challenges he’s faced in life which shaped him into the person that he eventually became.
The music video for ‘Letter 2 My Unborn’ combines photographs and video footage from some of Tupac’s performances. In the middle, an interview with a young Tupac reveals that he certainly stuck to his mission throughout his career. He says; “You know I’m still down for the underdog and I know that seems real funny because everybody is saying that these days.”
Letter 2 My Unborn Lyrics
Now ever since my birth, I been cursed since I was born to wild
In case I never get to holla at my unborn child
Many things learned in prison
Blessed and still living
Trying to earn every penny that I’m gettin’
Reminiscin’ to the beginning of my miss
When I was conceived and became to be in this position
My mama was a panther, loud
Single parent but she proud
When she witnessed baby boy rip a crowd
To school but I dropped out
And left the house cause my momma says I’m good for nothing
So I’m out, since I only got one life to live
God forgive me for my sins
Let me make it and I’ll never steal again
Or deal again
My only friend is my misery
Wanting revenge for the agony they did to me
See my life ain’t promised but it sure get better
Hope you understand my love letter
To my unborn child
I’m writing you a letter
(To my unborn)
This is for my unborn child
(To my unborn child)
Wanna let you know I love you
Wanna let you know I feel this way
(To my unborn)
I think about you every day
(To my unborn child)
I have so much to say
Seems so complicated to escape fate
And you can never understand ’til we trade places
Tell the world I feel guilty for bein’ anxious
Ain’t no way in hell that I could ever be a rapist
It’s hard to face this cold world on a good day
When will they let the little kids in the hood play?
I got shot five times, but I’m still breathin’
Living proof there’s a God if you need a reason
Can I believe in my own fate?
Will I raise my kids in the right or the wrong way?
Dear Mama, I’m a man now
I wanna make it on my own, not a handout
Make way for a whirlwind prophesized
I wanna go in peace when I gotta die
On these cold streets, ain’t no love, no mercy and no friends
In case you never see my face again, to my unborn child
Dear Lord, can you hear me?
Tell me what to say
To my unborn seed in case I pass away
Will my child get to feel love?
Or are we all just cursed to be street thugs?
‘Cause bein’ black hurts, and even worse if you speak first
Livin’ my life as an Outlaw – what could be worse?
‘Cause maybe if I tried to change
Who’m I kiddin’? I’m a thug ’til I die; I’m a rider, mane
Touch bases, eat lunch in plush places
Regular criminal oasis awaits us
If there’s a ghetto for true thugs, I’ll see you there
And I’m sorry for not bein’ there
Just know your daddy was a soldier: Me Against the World
Bless the boys and all my little girls
To the Lord: I’m eternal, restin’ in peace
Please take care of all my seeds, to my unborn child
Please take care of all my kids and my unborn child
To my unborn child…
This letter goes out to my seeds
That I might not get to see ‘cause of this lifestyle
Just know your daddy loved you
Got nothin’ but love for you
And all I wanted was for you to have a better life than I had
‘Cause I was out there on a 24 hour 365 grind
When you get to be my age, you’ll understand
Just know I got love for you
And I’ll see you if there’s a ghetto in Heaven
If there’s a Ghetto Heaven, I’ll be there waitin’ for you
Heh heh, take care, run wild, but be smart
Follow the rules of the game
I know sometimes there’s confusion
Rules of the game is gonna get you through it all day every day
Watch out for these snakes and fakes
Friends come a dime-a-dozen
Be an individual, work hard Study, get your mind sharp, trust nobody