Jada Pinkett Smith shares never before seen poem Tupac Shakur wrote her

Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed a previously unseen poem written for her by late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday. 

Pinkett Smith marked the milestone with a video reciting a poem called 'Lost Soulz', one of many that Tupac wrote to her over the course of their friendship. 

"Tupac Amaru Shakur would have been 50 midnight tonight!" Pinkett Smith wrote on Instagram. 

"As we prepare to celebrate his legacy... let's remember him for that which we loved most... his way with words. Here are a few you may have never heard before." 

Pinkett Smith said she didn't think the rapper, who died in 1996, would mind her sharing the piece of writing with her 10.8 million followers. 

Shakur went on to record a song called 'Lost Souls' shortly before his death, but Pinkett Smith said she thought the poem was an "original concept", written while the 'Changes' hitmaker was imprisoned at Rikers Island. 

On the second episode of her Facebook show Red Table Talk in 2018, Pinkett Smith opened up about grieving the loss of Shakur. 

"I've had a lot of loss. So many of my close friends are gone. They didn't make it to 30. They didn't make it past 25. A lot of people talk about my relationship with Pac and figure that out. That was a huge loss in my life," she said. 

"Because he was one of those people I expected to be here. My upset is more anger because I feel like he left me and I know that's not true and it's a very selfish way to think about it... I really did believe he'd be here for the long run. And when I think about it I still get really mad."