On July 05, 1995, Tupac wrote this letter from the prison to his friend Desiree Smith.
Autograph letter signed (“2PAC”), 2 pp, Dannemora, New York, postmarked July 5, 1995, to Desiree Smith. Accompanied by original transmittal envelope, also in Tupac’s hand.
Tupac writes of the sexual abuse charge which led to his prison sentence, “I got set up by Stretch and / some Brooklyn niggaz to take this rape charge / then when I caught on they tried 2 kill me / but u know I’m hard 2 kill so I’m still here … I thought Stretch was / my man but when the shit got hot he / dissed me & let me get shot up!” Stretch (Randy Williams) was another up-and-coming New York rapper who performed with Tupac in the Live Squad. He was with Tupac during the shooting at Quad Studios on November 30, 1994, and Stretch himself was shot on the same day a year later. Some believe that Stretch’s killing was in retaliation for the attack on Tupac.
Tupac also discusses the problems in his relationship with Keisha Morris, who he had married on April 29 of that year (while in prison). He writes, “I got married cuz I thought / it would bring me happiness but right now / all I feel is pain.“