1995-07-30 / Authorization Letter To David Kenner – Tupac’s Handwritten Letter

On July 30, 1995, Tupac wrote contract, he would authorize Knight to act as his manager and Kenner as his lawyer, an arrangement which Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur would criticize as a conflict of interest in her lawsuit against the label after Tupac’s death. / Witess Desiree Smith

Autograph letter signed (“Tupac A Shakur”), 1 p, n.p. [but Dannemora, New York], July 30, 1995, additionally signed (“Desiree Smith”) by Desiree Smith. In this statement, Tupac authorizes David Kenner, the attorney for Death Row Records, to “receive copies of my / contracts and royalty statements” and gives him “permission to negotiate / on my behalf.

Tupac formally signed his infamous three-page handwritten contract with Suge Knight of Death Row Records on September 16, 1995, but this document shows that their negotiations had started almost two months prior. In that contract, Tupac would authorize Knight to act as his manager and Kenner as his lawyer, an arrangement which Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur would criticize as a conflict of interest in her lawsuit against the label after Tupac’s death.
5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.

Authorization Letter To David Kenner (July 30, 1995) - Tupac’s Handwritten Letter


Big Syke & Desiree Smith (Dez) Visits Tupac In The Prison / September 30, 1995
Big Syke & Desiree Smith (Dez) Visits Tupac In The Prison / September 30, 1995
Desiree Smith (Dez) (Left) & Another Woman Visits Tupac In The Prison
Desiree Smith (Dez) (Left) & Another Woman Visits Tupac In The Prison
Desiree Smith (Dez) (Left) & Another Woman Visits Tupac In The Prison
Desiree Smith (Dez) (Left) & Another Woman Visits Tupac In The Prison