The handwritten lyrics to Tupac Shakur hit “Dear Mama” are up for sale with a hefty price tag attached.
Shakur was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 7, 1996.
At the time, he was widely regarded as one of the biggest and most controversial artists on the planet, making any and all memorabilia attached to his legacy highly sought after.
It’s perhaps not a surprise, therefore, to see the lyrics to one of his most popular hits are available to purchase with a hefty price tag attached.
Among Shakur’s most personal songs, the track details his difficult upbringing as well as his mother’s well-documented struggles with cocaine addiction.
In 2010 the song was even added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress, who deemed it a work that is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”
Little wonder then that the lyrics, written across three sheets of notebook paper (that’s $25,000 a sheet) are selling for such a big price.
According to the website, the lyrics were obtained from a private collector located in Poland and feature a couple of hand-written notations in the margins detailing some of the rappers Tupac was keen on including in the finished recording.
First released on February 21, 1995, Dear Mama topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for five weeks running in the US and also climbed to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.