Harlem-born Tupac wrote the letter a year before his death, whilst in jail serving time for sexual assault charges. The rapper was imprisoned in New York's Clinton Correctional Facility when he wrote the letter to Nina Bhadreshwar, an employee of his record label Death Row Records.


Tupac wrote to her: "Thug Life to me is dead. A Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! I want all my homiez to know there is another level."

Tupac asked Nina to keep the letter private, saying in his writings; "I am not granting this information to any other publication, not even Time & Rolling Stone so please represent it as it is layed. I trust u."

Bhadreshwar explained that the five-page essay was Tupac's view of the rite of passage of a young black male in America. The following year after it was written, the rapper died when he was shot in a drive-by shooting.