LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Kendrick Lamar performs on the main stage at Leeds Festival at Bramham Park on August 28, 2015 in
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Kendrick Lamar is one of the most inventive rappers in the game right now, so it's no surprise that he draws inspiration from one of the late greats: Tupac Shakur. On the 19th anniversary of the hop hop icon's death, Kendrick penned a heartfelt letter celebrating his legacy. 

"I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you," Lamar begins the Facebook post. "I couldn't describe how I felt at that moment. So many different emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness."

He continues:

“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.”

Check it out here, celebrate Tupac by flipping through our career-expansive gallery and then take the quiz: Which Hip Hop Crew Should You Be In?