The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction July 2017
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Excellent set of handwritten working lyrics for verse three of the song "Smile", executed in green ink on one partial and one full sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" notebook paper. The first six lines of the track begin on a partial page which is taped to a larger sheet on which the lyrics continue. The lyrics are substantially the same as those of the final recorded version, albeit with some minor differences. In part: "Fuck the world az we unloading [with] furious speed/Unanswered questionz keep us all stressin curious g'z/Back stabbed & bleedin crooked thoughtz laced with weed/Learning/Duckin stray shotz bullettz be hot they burning/Inhale the sherm smoke visualize the flamez/Will I be smothered by my own pain/Strange whisperz cowardz will conversate quick 2 dis us/Takin picturez 4 the Fedz in desperate hopez they get us/Hit us all give uz plenty centuriez/Forgive my sinz since I enter many penitency..." This track was recorded as a collaboration with the rapper Scarface, and was released on the latter's fourth album "The Untouchable". It was one of the last songs recorded by Shakur before his death, and the album version ends with Scarface reciting a prayer in Shakur's memory. Chipping and some soiling at the edges, unsigned, else very good. With an original signed letter of provenance (which has been notarized with others) from the recipient of the lyrics who was given them directly by Tupac in 1995. The two had met while both were recording at Can-Am Studio in Tarzana. They soon became friends, and on one particular occasion, Tupac gave his friend and fellow rapper a group of his working lyrics as a gift. Very good condition. Comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
Tupac Shakur Handwritten "Smile" Lyrics
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Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
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Auction closed on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
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