Late in his life, 2Pac’s vision expanded beyond the West Coast. While still beefing with Big in ’96, he came up with the idea for an all-encompassing album with artists from across the country. It was supposed to be called One Nation, and it was set to feature Boot Camp Clik, Big Daddy Kane, and, apparently, Outkast.
In a brand new letter recently brought to light by OkayPlayer, Pac writes to a friend, Big Lock, about how he’s working with E-4o, Scarface, Smif-N-Wessun, The Outlawz, and Outkast. Questlove also confirmed that the Roots were approached to work on the album as well in the mid-90s.
Beyond that golden nugget of info, the letter radiates Tupac’s warmth, as it begins with an apology for his delayed response and ends with, “The World Iz Ourz.” He even has a job (with great benefits) waiting for Big Lock. Tupac was more than the tattoo across his belly. He was a friend, a humanist, and a man with energy so pure and infectious, it still ignites people of youth all over the globe almost two decades after his death.
Read the letter above.