In the letter, Eminem thanks Afeni for the influence she has had on his life. He also details how her son inspired and encouraged him.
“When I was feeling at my worst; (before fame, before Dre) I knew I could put that ‘Tupac‘ tape in,” Eminem writes, “and suddenly, things weren’t so bad. He gave me the courage to stand up and say ‘F**k the world!’ ‘This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go f**k yourself!’ Thank you for giving us his spirit and yours.”
Eminem signs the letter as “Marshall.” His given name is Marshall Mathers.
Eminem also drew a portrait of Tupac addressed to Afeni.