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Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    I was an English major and now an English Teacher

    Although I have not read the book, I am going to start this weekend. What I think the author is trying to do with this particular work is to put Tupac's genius in the category with a Shakespeare. He is trying to raise the rapper's level of social, political, and literary acceptance by analyzing what made him so popular and so complex. Good writers have the ability to take us on a very ambiguous journey that often leaves us floating without a raft. That is what makes Toni Morrision one of the greatest writers of all time. She makes us think! And that is what Tupac did with his lyrics--he made a young generation think about the world in which they live. He really was the Richard Wright of our time. He was filled with anger and rage, as was Richard--and both chose to vent their rage through writing. Yes, we know that Tupac had a rough life and often times, chose to vent that injustice upon the very people who loved him most. But it was not his fault that his mother could not provide for him and he had to leave the only school that he truly loved, The Baltimore School of the Arts. He admitted that leaving that school and moving to California was detrimental to his psychological and emotional health. I have lived in LA for ten years and I unfortunately had to raise my son there for the first 13 years of his life. I can tell you firsthand that LA is no place for young black people. There is no room for growth or opportunity for the young who do not have the proper family guidance. Tupac was victimized by his disadvantages.I do not believe in the victimization mentality, but it does give us some understanding into his mind and his perspective on life. If his mother had been a strong and committed black woman, then her son could have leaned on her and turned to her when the business of music got to be too vendictive. Sometimes, young men are angry at their mothers and they have a tendency to take it out on all women. Tupac did not grow up hating, it was through ugly and painful life experiences that he was socialized into this mentality. Any mother who brings a child in this world is to some extent accountable for how they turn out( not to leave out fathers either). That is when he made the mistake of falling into the hands of the devil, better known as Shug Knight. Tupac had a lot of envious enemies who did not want to see this young black man rise. But in spite of the evil that pemeated his life and to some degree he invited evil in, we cannot and should not dimiss his genius, and the words that touched us so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    YOU HAVE TO BE A ENGLISH MAJOR

    THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE TEXT. THE AUTHOR FORGOT ABOUT THE GENERATION THAT WOULD BE READING THIS BOOK. IT'S LANGUAGE IS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND UNLESS YOU ARE AN ENGLISH MAJOR.

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