September 23, 2022

Tupac’s Haikus Written When He Was 11 Are Set To Be Auctioned For $300,000

The young artist wrote the poems for freedom fighters in his community who were imprisoned and gave them to his godfather.

Tupac Shakur continues to cash in the big bucks.


At least that’s what you’d expect with Sotheby’s auction of a collection of the artist’s childhood poems and other highly sought-after hip-hop artifacts.

The auction house thinks Pac’s poetry could fetch at least $300,000 when it features a haiku book written by the rapper as a child at its ‘The Art and Influence of Hip’ sale. -hop,” which debuted on Thursday (March 24th).

Other names in Sotheby’s “Art and Influence of Hip Hop” include, but are not limited to, Chuck D, Jazzy Jay, Ice T, Danny Hastings, and Rock Steady Crew founder Crazy Legs.

“It’s time for some of these gems to be enjoyed by someone else. I hope they end up in the hands of someone who is willing to care for them and share with others,” Crazy Legs told AllHipHop.com.

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Tupac’s bundle will include a never-before-seen booklet of haiku written and illustrated by him when he was just 11 years old.

He gifted the book to his sponsor Jamal Joseph, a filmmaker and youth advocate responsible for creating the “Impact” performance group featured in the movie August Rush when the Black Panther activist was incarcerated in Leavenworth Prison.

The tween also had the vision and respect to dedicate the piece to three other groundbreaking Black Panther members: Chui Ferguson-El, Sekou Odinga, and Bilal Sunni Ali.

On the first page, he explains to his baba that “haiku is a Japanese form for writing poems. The form is 5 syllables, 7 syllables and another 5 syllables. [And] mainly about life and nature.

The dream poem is brilliantly presented as the young poet pictures himself daydreaming in his bed about the liberation of his heroes from black power.

He ends the collection of poems by writing, “I hoped you enjoyed my haiku.”

And he reminds his godfather to “Be strong” and that he loves him. He signed it “Tupac Shakur. Future freedom fighter.

A few of the haikus from Tupac’s book read as follows:

Faith

Faith is what we need

It keeps us alive day by day

faith is important

Black

Black is our color

We were born black in Africa

I’m black and proud

A dream is beautiful

You’re drifting to another country

I dream at night

Auctions end March 30. Take a look at some of the items below: