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Back in the Day: My Life and Times with Tupac Shakur

Back in the Day: My Life and Times with Tupac Shakur

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by Darrin Keith Bastfield

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A star during his lifetime, a legend after a bullet killed him at the age of twenty-five, Tupac Shakur was the most influential rap musician of his day–and the most misunderstood. Far from being the insolent “gangsta” that the press put forth, Tupac was a committed and fearless visionary determined to make a difference not only on the music scene but

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Back In The Day: My Life And Times With Tupac Shakur 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tupac's boooks are one of my favorites, because for a person to here the life of a person who struggled and strived to get to where they are, takes alot of effort. Tupac is my hero of all time, and people need to know why the lord gave Tupac big feet, it's so no one else can ever walk a mile in his shoes, and not even fifty cent cause he's getting alot of comparisons to Tupac he's just a wangsta punnk fifty cennt aint nothing but a little punk and he's disrespecful to everyone. tupacs books are thee bestAND IF HE WAS HERE HED PUT FIFTY CENT IN PLACE WITH THUG PASSSION.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darin Bastfield's memoir of Tupac Shakur's earlier years (before his rise to super stardom), allowed me to vicariously experience his 'life and times' with one of the greatest poets of our times. Mr. Bastfield's vivid, titillating composition is no doubt, a profound social history, which gives insight and explanation into some of Tupac's personal and community dynamics. Tupac's seemingly complex, paradoxical life presentation reflected to a great extent, the complexity and paradoxicality of America. Mr. Bastfield depicts their teenage interactions and experiences with great poise and sophistication. He (in his report of their childhood), exemplified true friendship by letting Tupac know in a strong but caring manner his disagreement over certain behavior he engaged in. True friends are able to disagree without being disagreeable. Mr. Bastfield wrote of his and Tupac's association/friendship with great care and conscience, seeming to never compromise the truth of their young lives. Mr. Bastfield, my hat is off to you. I anxiously await the publication of your next book. Thanks for sharing a wonderful story.----A. Kareem Hassan
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Back In The Day: My Life and Times With Tupac Shakur', the author, Darrin Keith Bastfield, delivers on his promise to tell the story of the REAL, not yet discussed Tupac, 'before [he] had status'. This entertaining...at times really funny, memoir, obviously written by a spiritually driven friend, reads like a coming of age tale that just happens to recount the story of surviving the formative late teen years and entering adulthood with one of this generations most prolific figures. 'Back In The Day...' literally transports us to the mid to late eighties, giving us a lesson on how affective were the early days of rap and hip-hop culture while introducing us to a young theater student/rapper named Tupac Shakur. The reader is invited to relive those days in Baltimore with Tupac, Bastfield and crew, including glimpses of a young Jada Pinkett who also attended their school. As a fan, I was enlightened to nuances of Pac that sparked way back when, like the fact that he was coming out of his shirt (as he so often did while performing) at the tender age of 14, and that Tupac was a true activist back then, rallying for his community and, reading about the one time 'MC New York' makes all that manufactured 'east coast/west coast' front page friction that was so prominent a minute ago finally fade away. The story also alludes to the eerie fact that, while Pac was able to overcome many obstacles, poverty being the most obvious, in order to make friends with all sorts of folks, he apparently always had an uncanny knack for attracting some negative energy. Even 'Back In The Day', some folks were hating. Kind of makes you go 'aha' in lieu of obtaining any relief at all when asking 'Why?' such a talented, and yes, as we learn here, deep and culturally concerned young man was taken from this plane all too soon. Finally, someone has filled in the missing pieces to the puzzle. Those who were just curious will be satisfied with this story...fans and the truly intrigued will join me in shedding tears of joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Back in the Day¿ is a must read for friend or foe of Tupac. Prior to my reading the first page Tupac held a special place in my heart I reserve for celebrities. Upon turning the last page and digesting Darrin Keith Bastfields¿ words Tupac Amaru Shakur became my friend and brother. A lost that was magnified ten times after finishing the book. The author takes us on a trip down memory lane of his school days and neighborhood times in Baltimore with Tupac, and mentions of Jada Pinkett now Jada Pinkett ¿ Smith and Dana M. Smith a.ka. Mouse the human beatbox. In the prologue Darrin Keith Bastfield says ¿And it is my intention that all of you have this firsthand experience, and be duly affected by it.¿ I can attest that I have been affected and will remain so for a long time. I want to thank the author for validating my thoughts regarding Tupacs¿ personality. Behind his eyes I knew lived a beautiful genius who purred like a cat, but the media promoted him as a untamed bear. We miss you Tupac and again thank you Mr. Bastfield. Missy APOOO Online Bookclub.