Rebel for the Hell of It: The Life of Tupac Shakur

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The ever-controversial Shakur offers a great occasion for a close, passionate reading of rap and ghetto culture. White's understanding of Tupac's art will uncork the bottled up rage and confusion that attends the way hip-hop culture is produced and received. Rebel details each step in Shakur's development, from his early exposure to racism and political activism to his move from New York to the West Coast and his innovative work with early hip hop culture and music. Through connections drawn between Shakur and ...
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Overview


The ever-controversial Shakur offers a great occasion for a close, passionate reading of rap and ghetto culture. White's understanding of Tupac's art will uncork the bottled up rage and confusion that attends the way hip-hop culture is produced and received. Rebel details each step in Shakur's development, from his early exposure to racism and political activism to his move from New York to the West Coast and his innovative work with early hip hop culture and music. Through connections drawn between Shakur and Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Sister Souljah, White examines Shakur's life as a prism for the hip-hop world. Photographs, a useful chronology of important dates in the life of Shakur, and an updated discography and filmography of his career as a rapper and actor are included. "Talk about diversity, talk about identity, talk about icons—White's in-depth look at Tupac Shakur talks about all of 'em."—Booklist "White has written a nuanced, expansive and impassioned study of the life and art of Tupac Shakur."—Tyrone Williams, Metro Times Literary Quarterly "Rebel ... is a means of analyzing the rage, fatalism and rootlessness of the contemporary rap scene."—Select Magazine

Tupac Shakur has been deified as a Renaissance man in gansta rap. Paralleling his fame were a series of court and jail appearances and physical attacks which ended when he was gunned down on a Las Vegas street. In this first, full-length biography of the rapper, critic Armond White attempts to make sense of Shakur's life and death, examining the larger issues of rap and ghetto culture, exploitation in the music industry, and the black struggle for self-expression. Movie rights sold to HBO. 16 photos. 200 pp. Author tour. 300,000 print.

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A chronological scrapbook, Tupac captures the rapper as an infant, a struggling adolescent, an aspiring adult, and as the fiscal-and-musical giant he became. While the candid shots add humanity to the armored persona, the most moving depict the first drafts of his groundbreaking hits. Rebel is a coherent, cohesive, and easily accessible biography, punctuated by quotes from Shakur and his close business and musical associates. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Well-known journalist and author White describes the life of murdered rapper/actor Tupac Shakur 1971-96, attempting to connect Shakur's life with the African American experience during the last three decades. He begins with the rapper's birth to an absentee father and a mother who played a major role in the New York Black Panther movement. The author continues with the young Shakur's impoverished childhood, his constant moves from city to city, and his early interest in drama. Chronicling Shakur's short-lived but influential career, White outlines his stint as a dancer with the Digital Underground, his breakthrough second album, his three subsequent multiplatinum efforts, and his various roles in such movies as Juice and Poetic Justice. He also details the rapper's trouble with the law, his incarceration at Riker's Island prison, and his untimely death. Though clearly showing the change from the political activism and hope of Shakur's mother to Tupac's materialistic cynicism, White has interviewed few subjects and done only modest secondary research in his attempt to place the rap star in a larger social and cultural context. This will appeal mostly to fans of standard rock biography.David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254614
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 714,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    The heart of a legend

    in the heart of a legend a legend resides... shakur joins the ranks of legends like Bob marley and elvis presley, but under a different 'theme' of rap music, his exemplary poetry and political messages remain to be the most touching aspect of this legends life. Albeit his very short life was filled with myriads of vilains that sometimes seemed needless.Deep down he wanted change for the human race like most philosophers do. Alot of people believe he was a very remarkable young man,regardless of his race...Like other legends before him,white or black.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    westside till he died

    a classic, tells the true story of tupac. The writer makes it hard to think tht he did'nt know tupac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    WEST COAST RIDER!!!!!!!!!!

    I enjoyed this book, its context almost brought me to tupac world a great read.

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