2Pac’s “Letter 2 My Unborn” Lyrics Meaning
Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) recorded a bunch of raps shortly before his untimely demise which were eventually released posthumously. One of those is “Letter 2 My Unborn”. And like many other prominent raps he crafted in the year leading up to his murder, in this song Pac is basically foretelling his own death. In fact the motif of the song is that he is speaking to the addressee, his “unborn child”, from the afterlife.
And the sentiment the rapper is expressing is that whereas he may not be able to interact with his children directly, first and foremost he loves them. Indeed his professional endeavor was in the name of providing for them just as much as himself. Therefore they should not entertain negative criticisms of their father.
Primary theme “Letter 2 My Unborn”
And throughout, the primary theme can be interpreted as Pac acknowledging the challenges that he faced in life, especially his childhood. So apparently he wants his children to know his personal past and how he was fashioned into the man he became. He also wants them to have a religious disposition towards life and indeed asks “the Lord” to protect them. And all of this can be interpreted as Tupac acknowledging that life is extremely-challenging. And as such his children need to believe in a Higher Power, especially considering that he too is not actually there to guide them.
Facts about “Letter 2 My Unborn”
“Letter 2 My Unborn” came out on 5th June, 2001. The track was the second single from Tupac’s third-posthumous album “Until the End of Time”.
The track’s instrumental relies heavily on samples from a Michael Jackson classic, 1987’s “Liberian Girl”.
The song performed admirably, charting in many countries. Some of them include: Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and most impressively in Belgium. In the latter country, it peaked at number two on the Ultratop 50.
Although conspiracy theories do exist, it is generally understood that Tupac did not actually father any children. Seriously, Pac never fathered any children (at least not any which he forthrightly claimed responsibility for).
“Letter 2 My Unborn” was written by Tupac Shakur and his co-star, Natasha Walker. Walker sings the song’s chorus/hook.
And the track was produced by Pac’s faithful collaborator, Johnny J.