While being locked up in 1995 in New York, Tupac did a lot of soul searching, and wrote how he felt about Thug Life.
Ina five page hand written letter, Tupac wrote to Death Row Records worker Nina Bhadreshwar (worked for Death Row Records and was editor of Death Row Uncut magazine) entitled "Is Thug Life Dead". The first page of the letter was a personal letter to Bhadreshwar which stated,
“Here is what my heart says at this time. It’s long but it’s true." Tupac wrote. "Use it as u see fit. 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. I feel U and it is your call. Do whatever works”
Tupac urges the youth in his letter to try a different path, and that the thug life is not for everyone; its a game that has to be played.
"U must play the game, not let the game play u. A regular Playa plays women, 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!...The thug in me started buggin from withdrawal from my previous medicated state and under the pressure I nearly lost my mind..."
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