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Diving into 2Pac's Letter to Madonna, Race & Snitching

Posted on July 19 2017

2Pac's ex-girlfriend, Madonna is suing the auction house to prevent the sale of a 'highly personal' break-up letter she received while Pac was in prison.
Have a read of it below, and take a look at some throwback shots of the odd couple from the era. Key takeaways from the $100,000+ letter & their relationship include:
  • 2Pac wanted to break up with her due to interracial differences: “For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career—if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” the rapper wrote. “But for me, at least in my previous perception, I felt due to my ‘image,’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.” We completely agree with this point.
  • In an earlier interview Madonna had stated she wanted to 'rehabilitate black basketball players & rappers', a statement which didn't sit well with 2Pac.
  • Madonna also dated Pete Shue, a famous New York hustler who was laundering $10 million/month through her - she ended up setting him up for 20 years in prison. Why'd Pac trust Madonna, a known snitch?
  • The final post script refers to a 'Jack', this is the same Haitian Jack who played a part in 2Pac's robbery. Now, why would 2Pac warn Madonna about Haitian Jack? Because Madonna & Jack were friends, Jack in fact introduced 2Pac to Madonna - it was partially why 2Pac was so impressed with a well-connected goon such as Jack.

And there you have it. One more fact - guess who tapped Pete Shue on the shoulder on the night he first met Madonna? Haitian Jack. Another small piece to the complex interconnected puzzle of the 90's rap game. 

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