Tupac has always been a father figure for Tyga.
Tyga recently posted side-by-side photos of himself and Tupac wearing matching basketball jerseys, captioning the pictures with one word; "Dad".
The post received mixed reactions, as anything that involves using Tupac's image tend to, but Tyga has cleared up his intentions in a candid TMZ Interview.
“I’m inspired by him as a student of the culture, especially my generation,” said the rapper. “My real father’s been in jail all my life so I never really knew my real father. Pac is like a father figure to me.”
Tyga had expanded on the role of Tupac's music in his life earlier on Twitter, sharing a letter he received from his dad, who's currently serving a life sentence, as well as some lyrics from Pac's 1993 single, "Keep Ya Head Up". View those posts, as well as the tweet that inspired all of this below.
Pac taught me a lot more than my own father. Inspired me, Motivated Me, Listened without ever being there.— T-Raww (@Tyga) March 7, 2016
Wanted to share this with my fans a letter from my real Father who has been serving a life Sentence. pic.twitter.com/2Io5LMAiAS— T-Raww (@Tyga) March 7, 2016
Never met my dad but this was my reply. pic.twitter.com/L2Nwj7xQOi— T-Raww (@Tyga) March 7, 2016