Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur's relationship has long been a topic of discussion. The two were high school classmates at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Tupac played Jada's still head-over-heels in love ex-boyfriend on A Different World, and their platonic friendship is one that has been both admired and envied by many, including Jada's husband, Will Smith.
"That was a huge loss I my life," Jada once said of Tupac, who was killed in 1996. "He was one of those people I expected to be here. My upset is more anger because I feel like he left me, and I know that's not true and it's a very selfish way to think about it. … I really did believe he'd be here for the long run. And when I think about it, I still get really mad."
In honor of his memory and what would have been the rapper's 50th birthday, Jada shared a never-before-seen poem Tupac wrote.
In her video, Jada speculates that the poem, which is titled "Lost Soulz," is the original concept behind the song of the same name on Tupac's album, Gang Related – The Soundtrack.
You can read the full poem below:
Some say nothing gold can last forever
And 2 believe this I need no proof
I have witnessed all that was pure in me
Be changed by the evil men can do
The innocence possessed by children
Once lived inside my soul
But surviving years with criminal peers
Has turned my warm heart to cold
I used 2 dream and fantasize
But now I'm scared 2 sleep
Petrified, not to live or die
But to awaken and still be me
It is true that nothing gold can last
We will all one day see death
When the purest hearts are torn apart
Lost souls are all that's left
Down on my knees I beg of God
To save me from this fate
Let me live to see what was gold in me
Before it is all too late