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An introduction to the life and career of the rap artist Tupac Shakur.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Lerner Publications (first published 2006)
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Connie  Kuntz
I, like most middle-aged white women, like rap music. I have since the late 1980's.

Tupac's lyrics are amazing, and I think it is worth your time to research the stories and background of him and/or any other rap artist.

I like rap, but I'm not an expert, but if I were to recommend some rap artists to research, I'd start with Tupac, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Big, Chuck D, and Eminem.

I enjoyed Tupac's biography. His bio does not glorify thug life. It sheds insight into how it begins and oftentimes ends....more
Jason Pettus
(Disclosure: Carrie Golus, author of this book, is a personal friend of mine.)

Of all the rap artists of the so-called "gangster" period of the '90s and '00s, it is Tupac Shakur who still remains such a quintessential example; gunned down in 1996 at the age of 25, he still remains one of the best-selling artists of the entire genre, as well as an example of the "thug life" street credibility such artists were expected by their fans to maintain. And that's what makes it so hard to write an effecti...more
Natalie Cheetham
As I really have no interest in Tupac and I typically don't read nonfiction, this is definitely not a book I'd choose myself. It wasn't terrible, but it really wasn't anything special. It was a quick read. It was nice to see the newspaper articles from the past inserted amidst the biographical narrative, but it did break up the reading a bit. It remind me of textbooks; I honestly don't know if the teen target audience would feel the same way; probably not if they were reading because they really...more
Apr 19, 2008 bjneary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Reluctant Readers
Shelves: biography
Tupac Shakur, part of the Just the Facts Biographies series, will interest the reluctant reader with Tupac’s life as a child with his mother Afeni, his early talent for writing plays, poetry and songs, and his rapper beginnings. Tupac’s life was reflected in his lyrics and he lived hard and worked hard. He began getting arrested and his image turned to one of gangster. His fame brought him toughness and bullets. A career was ended in a drive by shooting but his poetry, lyrics and songs keep his...more
Ms.  Garrett
This short volume gives a concise overview of the short, yet oh so full, life of Tupac Shakur. The book features full color photographs, and sidebars offer information and explanations related to people and events mentioned in the text. The end materials include a timeline, glossary, filmography, discography, source notes, recommendations of books and websites for further reading, and an index.

Great introduction for those wishing to know the history behind the full and tragic life of 2Pac.
Dec 12, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tweens interested in hip hop music/musicians
Interesting, quick read. I had no idea that Tupac was the son of a Black Panther, or that he excelled in an art school for children, or that he had survived 2 shootings prior to the one that ended his life. Plus, he was never really a "thug" until he started making a living singing street rap. College courses have been taught on him. He was a self-educated scholar who died way too soon - I can see why kids are fascinated with him.
Ryan Berry
Very good.. it really shows how much Tupac had on people's lives and shows that is the Greatest Rapper of All Time and one of the greatest musicians we've had since besides Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. He is just as legendary as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix,James Dean, and even Elvis!
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