In 1995, while locked up at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on rape charges, Tupac Shakur wrote a letter to Nina Bhadreshwar, editor at Death Row Uncut magazine, on the plight of the young black man in America. “Thug Life to me is dead. If it’s real, then let somebody else represent it, because I’m tired of it.” 

The letter and accompanying note are now for sale on memorabilia website Moments in Time for $225,000, reports Page Six. His "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" lyric sheets, handwritten in jail, were auctioned off last week at Sotheby's in London.

His letter to Bhadreshwar was a passionate, rambling 5-page manifesto that he instructed her to use at her own discretion. “[Many] never survive the next level of Thug Life," he wrote. "They become addicted to death. A True Boss Playa knows when to advance... U must play the game, not let the game play u... A regular Playa plays women... a Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! I want all my homiez to know there is another level.”

Read the whole handwritten letter in the gallery.