To mark the 19th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death, Kendrick Lamar penned a poignant tribute to the late rapper which was shared on the official Tupac website. Read it 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.

INSPIRED.

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.

K.L.

It's no secret that Lamar has a special admiration for Tupac Shakur; his most recent album was initially set be called To Pimp a Caterpillar (TuPac), plus it ends with a "dialogue" between the two rappers.