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Dotychczas wszyscy znają Tupaka jako wszechstronnie uzdolnionego artystę, który swoją naturalnością przykuwał uwagę i wzbudzał szacunek. Znają jego piosenki, filmy i historię jego tragicznej śmierci, która zakończyła wspaniale rozwijającą się karierę. Tutaj poznacie innego Tupaka, poznacie jego najskrytsze myśli, które znajdziecie w ponad siedemdziesięciu wierszach. Napisa ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published 2004 by KAGRA (first published November 1st 1999)
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Aug 31, 2009 Abraham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tupac's story is incredibly fascinating. Although he's popularly portrayed as a cold-hearted gangbanger, those who dig deeper will find that he was an incredibly complex, soulful person with a deep sensitivity that the mainstream media misses.

This book of his original poetry, written when he was 19 on scraps of notepaper, really surprised me by giving a glimpse into that sensitive side. While some of the poetry is trite, there are a number of poems that border on profound, expressing Tupac's de
Tupac Shakur.

Tupac Shakur.

Tupac Shakur.
I've resurrected you a gazillion times in my mind, but I realize that you're truly gone. gone. gone.

"How did you know through your rhymes it was your time to go? You predicted it in every line, all in your flow" - Nas

In the event of my Demise
when my heart can beat no more
I Hope I Die For A Principle
or A Belief that I had Lived 4
I will die Before My Time
Because I feel the shadow's Depth
so much I wanted 2 accomplish
before I reached my Death
I have come
Jul 05, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kim Lechelle read a poem from this collection by Tupac for Poetry thursday over on You Tube and I had to get this. I devoured it upon its arrival. Such a fantastic collection of poems. His original hand written poems are on the left page and a typed version on the right page. The poems cover so many themes from love, fear, devotion, youth, desires, family, etc. There was a lot going on this young man's head. A lot more than anybody could have imagined. Tupac would have been 43 years old this yea ...more
Nov 19, 2009 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vanessa by: Julio
"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" is a really inspiring book to me. I personally think that Tupac was a great writer and rapper. Just a great human being all around, that had a pretty rough life. Like it says in” If I Fail","There was never a life as hard as mine. No father-no money-no chance and no guide." Although I don't know much of his history by logic and I don't really hear a lot of his rap, I thought I would give this book a chance.

I have a classmate that all he hears is pretty much Tu
Oct 02, 2012 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rowena by: Ken Moten
I loved this poetry collection. I had no idea that Tupac had actually written poetry, though I'll always be a big fan of his music, especially the socially-conscious songs. A lot of the poems are heartfelt, bemoaning social issues, injustices and racism. A few are also very poignant, especially the one where he talks about his girlfriend suffering from a miscarriage. There are also some poems dedicated to the loves of his life,Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela, Vincent Van Gogh, etc. The poems show ...more
Eva Leger
Jan 20, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: big Tupac fans
Recommended to Eva by: heard about it myself years ago
I'm glad I finally took the time out to read this. It was awesome seeing Tupac's words in his own writing for me. I agree with most of the others who have reviewed the book on the poems, they really aren't much to get excited about but I don't think the poems themselves were what was/is supposed to be concentrated on. I think his words in general, his feelings, moods and beliefs, etc. were and are what should be looked at.
I got a kick out of all the poems that were dedicated to a different chic
Jul 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at Barnes and Nobles and it what a bit pricey for a book of poetry but let me tell was definitely worth it.

For starters if you love to read poetry, then this is actually a really good book because it has such deep, and powerful meaning.
If you like writing poetry, this book will make you want to write poetry like him (as in to have real meaning to your poetry).
But aside from that, you guys should definitely read this book because although Tupac may be a "thug" this gu
Oct 14, 2010 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 13, 2015 Sincerae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tupac Shakur is the only rapper I like. Some of his rap songs could be classified as brilliant urban poetry.

Since I adore poetry I decided to read this book that I found at the library. I had already read the title's poem The Rose That Grew from Concrete online. I wasn't sure I would like Tupac's poetry and if it would really touch me, but some of it did.

Many of the poems in the collection were written in his teen years. Tupac's poems talk about growing pains, teenage love and lust, being a yo
Dec 03, 2010 TIKA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Tupac's life. It starts off with poems and the first one talking about the rose that grew from concrete which he said thats deep because you dont see nothing growing from the concrete. There's poems about his life and what he belives in like the rights for blacks. Like theres a chapter where he says he believes Lady Liberty and STatue of Liberty needs glasses. Did you know he was a Black Pantha?
I like this book because I look up too Tupac. No I dont look up too him because o
May 26, 2010 Al_norahughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved Tupak and even more have respected him. This book of poems written over some years of his life are a window into this young man's deepest feelings. Mirrored by much of his music the words are lyrical and raw. Hip hop and rap used to be pivotal in the civil rights movement- many older generation hip hiop stars were born of the movement- Tupak's mother was a black panther. Tupak was a disciplined and educated man. This comes across in his poetry as in his music. In my opinion Tup ...more
Tupac is remembered by many as the hardcore gangsta rapper who was gunned down in 1996. However, Tupac also had a softer side. This book contains poetry from his private notebooks. The poems, most of which are about love and overcoming adversity, have a very different tone than Tupac’s music. Actual images of each poem from Tupac’s notebooks give the book an intimate feel. The poems are very simple and straightforward, so they could be used with students of almost any age or reading ability.
Mz. Carter
I dont know the exact date i finished this book but I loved it. I was in study hall when i first saw it on the book shelf (10th grade). Its poetry that tupac had done. After i got done reading all of the poetry that was inside of it, i started to write down all of the poems that i like on a piece of paper. Now out of high school i still have them till this day! This book actually inspired me to start writting my own poetry.
Who would have known Tupac was so perfect. His love poems really spoke volumes to me, they really put his heart on the page for everyone to read.
Miroku Nemeth
I have a lot of love and a lot of respect for Tupac, and out of honesty to this claim, I have to be honest about this book. Very few of these works are fully developed as he wrote most of them when he was eighteen or nineteen, and I think they can only be appreciated, for the most part, by seeing them in this context. The introductory writings by his mother and Nikki Giovanni are very good, but I would warn against approaching this collection as the work of a mature and fully developed artist. I ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tupac's journal was an inspirational masterpiece. It showed true genius. Though without having a plot twist, this book did tell a story. You got to understand what went on through the mind of Tupac. He pours all of his emotions out. After reading this book, no matter who you are, you should find it hard to find reasons to dislike this man. I never knew a thing about him, other than the fact he used to be a great musician, but now I feel like I know and understand his troubles that he went throug ...more
Nov 13, 2007 Le'jayah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE


no really,

read this book

Oct 09, 2012 Kaylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing book by an amazing artist.
Feb 06, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep poetry but the best I ever read.
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
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i read this a while back but just wanted to share how it made me feel.
i have been a tupac fan for a very long time. having two brothers that were into his music meant that i naturally started listening to it too, even after they stopped.

these poems show a very different side to him: a softer and more sensitive side.
he talks of racism, his mother, past loves and crushes. he talks of a special high school friend called john who he thanks for being there for him when it wasn't exac
Luis Bustillos
Mar 05, 2014 Luis Bustillos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack
in the concrete
Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned 2 walk
without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
it learned 2 breathe fresh air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared!"

This poem is a great inspiration in my life, I'm glad I finally took time and read this book by this great rapper, actor, writer and human being. Probably my favorite poem from the book is the one above. If we break it down it's ba
Feb 03, 2010 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "The Rose Rhar Grew From Concrete" was a very capturing book, becuase of the poetry and the meaning behind them. In like this book becuase his poetry relates to the world. I also like this book becuase he speaks the truth and dosne't try to hide it. I felt that Tupac was going through alot when he wrote this book becuase it showed that he and his freinds was feeling and going through alot of pain. The genre of this book is poetry becuase I know that the meaning of poetry is the art of r ...more
Shirley :]
Sep 08, 2010 Shirley :] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nida Iftekaruddin
Grade/interest level: 6-8
Reading level: NA
Genre: Poetry

Main Characters: Tupac Shakur
Setting: Urban cities
POV: First person, Tupac


This book contains a compilation of poems by the late Tupac Shakur. The topics of these poems range from family life, social and political problems, inner struggles, friendships, romances, and many more. The book contains a copy of Tupac’s original poem in his own handwriting, then a typed up version right next to it. His poetry, much like his music, delves de
Shakila Lightfoot
The Rose that Grew from Concrete

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
Tupac Shakur

A great METAPHOR piece. Concrete is such a great word to use. It hard and not easy to get through. It shows struggle and a rose is something that is so fragile and can br
Dave Keays
Oct 25, 2012 Dave Keays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This started me on a journey through his music. Get past the language in some of his songs and the fact that he was an angry young man whose anger was taken advantage of by record labels (Suge Knights and Death Row Records) and you'll see why he is
on the Vatican's official MySpace playlist and the pope is apparently a fan of his

I read a blog by a cardinal that I can't find- basically said 2pac asked questions (God- can you hear me speak?) that need to be asked.

Ever since then I've been a fan
Mikayel Galstyan
I chose this book because I love Tupac Shakur's music and wanted to read some of his poems. This book captures some of his passion and his appreciation for poems and rhythms. This book completely changed my view point on Tupac Shakur.. Tupac wasn't an "old town gangster" trying to cause trouble. He was just a rapper going through some really hard times and he felt poetry would be a great way to express his feelings. He used many symbols to express words in his poems. My favorite part of this boo ...more
Sophia Martin
This is a collection of poems written by a rapper I have always loved. He writes about various personal events (Tears of a Teenage Mother, In the Event of My Demise, When Ure Heart Turns Cold, Wake Me When I'm Free, etc.). Throughout this book Tupac not only writes poems but illustrates most of them as well. "Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete/ Proving nature's laws wrong it learned to walk without having feet." wrote Tupac. He shows that in poetry, punctuation is ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have much fondness for the poem 'The Rose that grew from concrete'.
With the rose symbolizing Tupac and the concrete symbolizing the impoverished area he grew up in, the poem and title sets you up to understand the rest of what you're going to read. He can go from expressing his love for a girl, to talking about the harsh realities of his neighborhood. You can be certain that throughout, you will understand how he felt, saw things and dealt with situations during that time.

Most of all, I reall
Ken Moten
Jul 10, 2012 Ken Moten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-stuff
I was very impressed with the poems in this book. I am still a bigger fan of his music but I would recommend this book to contemporary poetry lovers. If given the choice I between this book and his greatest hits CD...I'm gonna choose the CD but I will still refer to this book every once in a while or when the opportunity warrants it. So simply put great lyrics by a great lyricist. (I'll still go with Langston Hughes, T.S. Elliot, or Rumi for poetry if I have to name my favorites).

I won't leave
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Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper. In addition to his status as a top-selling recording artist, Shakur was a successful film actor and a prominent social activist. He is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-selling rap artist, with over 75,000,000 albums sold worldwide, including over 50,000,000 in the United Stat ...more
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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” 1083 likes
“we wouldn't ask why a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, dont ask me why, thank god, and ask me how” 217 likes
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