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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671028456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671028459
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews
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YA-A collection of poetry written by the rapper between 1989 and 1991, before he became famous. The poems are passionate, sometimes angry, and often compelling. Selections are reproduced from the originals in Shakur's handwriting, personalized by distinctive spelling and the use of ideographs (a drawing of an eye for I, etc.), and complete with scratch outs and corrections. With the exception of "In the Event of My Demise," all of the pieces are accompanied by typed text, which leaves his spelling intact. Some poems are also accompanied by his drawings. A few black-and-white photographs appear throughout. A preface by Shakur's mother, a foreword by Nikki Giovanni, and an introduction by his manager, Leila Steinburg, in whose writing group the poems were written, complete this unique volume.
Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tupac Shakur recorded twelve landmark albums -- nine of which went either platinum or gold. A consummate actor, he also appeared in six major motion pictures, including Poetic Justice, Juice, GridLock'd, and Gang Related. He was murdered at the age of twenty-five.

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Format: Hardcover
The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur, is made up of 100 poems written by Tupac at the age of 19 before his fame, before getting shot five times and before going to jail for a crime many believe he never commited. This book shows the true Tupac. The sweet Tupac that was pure and never did anything but simply tell the truth. His poems show his honesty. They reveal his true intentions and the beliefs held so stronly in his passionate heart. A preface written by Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, starts off the book followed by Nikki Giovanni's foreword and Leila Steinburg's heart-breaking introduction. Steinburg, Tupac's first professional manager and adult friend, shares her treasured experience of meeting Tupac. She is responsible for releasing these poems to the public. Her introduction alone, is sure to leave readers drowning in tears and, if not already, in awe of Tupac. The first poem in the book, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," is about how Tupac learned to strive for his goals against all of the obstacles in his life that tried bringing him down. "Sometimes I Cry" and "Life Through my Eyes" explain how alone Tupac felt and show his struggles through poverty. In other poems he talks about love, racism, liberty, heartaches and goals. Readers will be able to identify with at least one poem in this book if not all of them. The book is almost like a guide that can make a person feel better and be referred to whenever someone feels alone, lost or confused. It is as though Tupac reached into his hear and brought all his feelings out onto paper. Only great writers are able to express how they really feel and are not scared to speak the truth.Read more ›
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this book is so helpful it makes u feel like u an't the only one who is confused or lost in life it makes u feel like my favorite rapper had the same feeling about this too it very helpful sometimes i cry because i thought this nigga was just a gangsta trying too be on top of tha world but hes a human he has the same feeeling we do and that justs helps alot cause tupac is one in a million this book makes u feel like hes right in front of u telling u everything it's like he died but he died a man he died with alot of people haten him but life is funny think u on top but some nigga wanna come and break your back lets get back to tha book this book talks about how he lived how too live a thug life it makes u think twice before u say something it makes u feel tupac had another side the only thing tupac wanted was respect and u would get it back too tupac says the only person that can judge me is god tupac didn't care if u hated him if u hated him just treat him with respect and hes fine to go pac rest in peace cause thats what u wanted for a long time and hon u got it but in a sad sad way just when u judge some one think twice so i'll leave u with this but 2pac always said don't hate him hate the game holla!!!!!
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If you enjoy poetry or rap, then this book is crack! I suppose one must be a fan of Tupac, to give up their rocks. But hey, at the very least, go to the library and give it a read.

Delivery took about 4 days, a wait which I thought is worth the discounted price.
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"The Rose that Grew from Concrete" is a posthumous collection of poetry by rapper Tupac Shakur, whose career in both the recording and motion picture industries was cut short when he was murdered at the age of 25. The book includes a preface by Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur; a foreword by poet Nikki Giovanni; and an introduction by Leila Steinberg, who acted as Tupac's manager. Afeni Shakur notes that the poems in this book were written from 1989-91. Steinberg recalls how Tupac shared poems in a writing circle that she hosted.
The poems appear in this book as photos of handwritten text, with the typed transcriptions on facing pages. This format, combined with some photos of the author, adds to the visual appeal of the book.
Tupac's poems are about love, friendship, loss, social protest, personal goals, and disappointment. His poems touch on many moods: sadness, ecstasy, anger, pride, and hope. Along the way he cites Nelson Mandela, Huey P. Newton, and other figures.
I was particularly struck by "Only 4 the Righteous," a witty and funny poem about rapping; this piece has a great rhyme and rhythm. "The Shining Star Within!," dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, and "Starry Night," dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, are intriguing tributes to artists whom Tupac describes as ill-treated by society. "God" is a moving profession of faith. I was also moved by "Nothing Can Come Between us," a free verse poem on friendship. "Jada" is one of his best love poems ("u R my Heart in Human Form").
Overall, these poems seem to reveal many facets of the author. In "For Mrs. Hawkins," he writes "I'm a Panther / with the blood of Malcolm in my veins." Other poems look at racism and poverty.
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This book is one of the best books I have EVER READ. It gives more insite on Tupac than any biography could ever give. He was truly a complex person. I say hes great while others say he was a thug promoting violence. I think that is a very ignorant statement. He was talking about reality, not killing people. He was saying it how it is. He grew up in a tough neighbourhood. How can you expect somebody that grew up there to sugar coat the truth and tell it? You cant, and he didnt. He had so much to give to us in the little time he was here. He gave many people something to live for. When you're down listen to his music. He helps lift the mood, or it helps to relate to something. He gave A LOT. He didnt just write music. He cared about it. It's hard not to think about a legend when the name Tupac Amaru Shakur is mentioned. I think it all came with understanding. In "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" is a series of poems written by the late great Tupac Shakur. Sometimes they are soft, sometimes heartbreaking but they are truthfull all around. I almost cried when I read some of the poems. They are so heart felt and so factual you cant help but feel their emotions they project. It gives us a look at the softer side of Tupac. He was a man with a great heart and many talents. Writing poetry is one of the many talents he possessed.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK. If you are a fan of poetry READ IT. If you are a TUPAC SHAKUR fan I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT. If you think im lying READ IT FOR SURE. I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYBODY. My personal guarntee you WONT be dissapointed. HE IS THE BEST!!!
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