Tupac: Resurrection

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A stunningly designed, richly illustrated companion to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection brings unprecedented clarity and soulful intimacy to the life and work of the late Tupac Shakur.

In many ways the autobiography he never got to write, Tupac: Resurrection features the artist in his own words, letters, and poems. They are showcased here, along with dozens of never-before-seen photographs, lyrics, screenplay ideas, and other personal effects. ...

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A stunningly designed, richly illustrated companion to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection brings unprecedented clarity and soulful intimacy to the life and work of the late Tupac Shakur.

In many ways the autobiography he never got to write, Tupac: Resurrection features the artist in his own words, letters, and poems. They are showcased here, along with dozens of never-before-seen photographs, lyrics, screenplay ideas, and other personal effects. Capturing as never before the unrivaled passion and intense candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists of all time, Tupac: Resurrection stands as an indelible testament to Tupac's astonishing cultural legacy.

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"Tupac was a passionate artist who inspired even more passionate idolatry, one of the few rappers -- alive or dead -- who truly merits a volume like this." -- Rolling Stone

"The past several years have been extremely painful watching and listening while others incorrectly attempted to define who my son really was. Now the true story of Tupac is finally being shared with the world." -- Afeni Shakur

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743474351
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 984,534
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Chapter One

My mother was a Black Panther and she was really involved in the movement.

Just black people bettering themselves and things like that. She was in a high position in the party which was unheard of because there was sexism, even in the Panthers. All my roots to the struggle are real deep. My stepfather at the time, Mutulu Shakur, he was also a well-known revolutionary. And then my godfather, Geronimo Pratt, he had a top official rank position with the Panthers on the West Coast.

There's racism, so when the Panthers hit, the government panicked and they felt like the Panthers were detrimental to American society. So they raided every Panthers' house, especially the ones who they felt like, could do damage as an orator. My mother was seven months pregnant, they put a match to the door and said "Fire, Fire!" And you know it's like five in the morning so my mother opened the door and they just burst in, put a shotgun to her pregnant belly and put a gun to her head and said, "Don't move, bah, bah, bah, you're under arrest." They treated them like less than humans.

My mother was pregnant with me while she was in prison. She was her own attorney. Never been to law school. She was facing three-hundred-some odd years. One black woman, pregnant, beat the case. That just goes to show you the strength of a black woman and the strength of the oppressed.

A month after she got outta prison she gave birth to me. So I was cultivated in prison, my embryo was in prison.

When I was a baby I remember one moment of calm peace, then three minutes after that it was on. I was named after this Inca Chief from South America whose name was Tupac Amaru. I think the tribal breakdown means "intelligent warrior." He's a deep dude. If I go to South America they gonna love me, I'm telling you. They know Tupac.

My mom is the bomb.

First I rebelled against her because she was in the movement and we never spent time together because she was always speaking and going to colleges and everything. I always used to feel that she cared about "the" people more than "her" people. And then, after that was over, it was more time spent with me and we were both just like, "You're my mother?" And she's like, "You're my son." So then she was really close with me and really strict almost.

She taught me how to be community orientated. And I think my mother taught me how to understand women a lot more than my peers can. I'm not uncomfortable around strong women. My sister is the bomb too. She's my biggest critic, she's real smart, funny as all hell.

I think that my mother, like Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, Harriet Tubman, they felt like they were laying tracks for the generation to come. Somebody has to break out and risk losing everything and being poor and getting beat down; somebody sacrifices.

But poverty, it's no joke. If there was no money and everything depended on your moral standards and the way you treated people, we'd be millionaires, we'd be rich. But since it's not like that, we're stone broke. And that's the only thing I'm bitter about is, growing up poor because I missed out on a lot of things. I can't always have what I want or even things that I think I need. I feel that my mother made a lot of decisions in her life — she could have chose to go to college and been well off. But she chose to fight and make things better.

My mother, she's totally brilliant. Totally understanding and caring. And she's human — I mean, she'll be wrong a lot but we can talk about it.

My mother taught me three things: respect, knowledge, search for knowledge. It's an eternal journey.

She always tells me that the payoff to her is that me and my sister grew up good and we have good minds — but we just didn't have money.

Poverty. If I hated anything, it'd be that.

My father was a Panther.

I never knew where my father was or who my father was for sure. The times that I came up, it was the late sixties. They were still having free love, they was just hittin' what they was hittin'. My mother wasn't married, and she got pregnant and had me, and I didn't have a father.

My stepfather was a gangsta. A straight-up street hustler. He loved the fact that the Panthers would go to jail and wouldn't snitch. He didn't even care my moms had a kid. He was like, "Oh, that's my son." Took care of me, gave me money, but he was like a criminal too. He was a drug dealer out there doing his thing — he only came, brought me money, and then left.

I hate saying this cuz white people love hearing black people talking about this. But I know for a fact that had I had a father, I'd have some discipline. I'd have more confidence.

Your mother cannot calm you down the way a man can. Your mother can't reassure you the way a man can. My mother couldn't show me where my manhood was. You need a man to teach you how to be a man.

When I was young I was quiet, withdrawn. I read a lot, wrote poetry, kept a diary. I watched TV all day. I stayed in front of the television.

It was when I was in front of the TV by myself, being alone in the house by myself, having to cook dinner by myself, eat by myself. Just being by myself and looking at TV, at families and all these people out there in this pretend world. I knew I could be part of it if I pretended too, So early on I just watched and emulated...and I just thirsted for that. I thought if I could be and act like those characters, act like those people, I could have some of their joy. If I could act like I had a big family I wouldn't feel as lonely.

Copyright © 2003 by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International, Inc. and Amaru Entertainment, Inc.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Tupac unplugged

    It is hard to believe that Tupac who died in 1996 is still having an influence in the modern hip hop scene today. So what creates the Tupac mystic?
    In Tupac: Resurrection 1971-1996 edited by Jacob Hoye and Karolyn Ali, with the original concept hailing from his mother Afeni Shakur, you are taken behind the scenes to read Tupac’s writings. To get a feel of what was on his mind.
    These writings pin point to a creative mind who continually worked on developing plays, songs, and other art forms to express the inner turmoil that Tupac faced. Even with his success, he had set backs, being shot 5 times, going to prison.
    Throughout his life, Tupac depended on his mother and the women that he loved and loved him. This beautifully designed book is an ideal part of the legacy that Tupac left behind in a life that was cut short due to unexpected tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Very eye opening book

    I never liked tupac before I read this book. What I read inside totally changed my opinion on this tragically fallen rap idol. I just spent nearly 8 hours reading about him and the aledged murder. This book has totally changed my opinion and really has shed light on this outspoken character. He speaks in a different way than everyone else and I feel that with this book it really illustrates the un-explored side to Tupac- the side that people did not want to hear. People usually see Tupac as a black man that was highly involved in crime and did not care about anyone. This book defnatly changes peoples opinions on that. Many people will change their minds on what kind of person he was just like I did. This book makes you feel very involved and interested. His music relates so much and this book will prove it. I thought this book was a very easy read and I could not put it down. I am not that big of a fan of Tupac but I enjoy reading about his life and death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    Be Careful

    Was a great book, but was not a biography. Had great pics, but few words that explained him. Many good quotes and excerts by Tupac Himself.

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