Tupac: A Thug Life

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Tupac Shakur’s tragic, untimely death transformed him from notorious gangsta rapper to 20th century icon. Crucial to his cross-cultural appeal is the mass of contradictions that defined his complex personality: the macho rapper who glorified the “thug life”; the erudite and sensitive young man who hoped for a political and spiritual awakening among his peers; the sexually insatiable star who served a prison term for the abuse of a female fan; the prison-born son of a Black Panther who recorded a moving tribute to...

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Overview

Tupac Shakur’s tragic, untimely death transformed him from notorious gangsta rapper to 20th century icon. Crucial to his cross-cultural appeal is the mass of contradictions that defined his complex personality: the macho rapper who glorified the “thug life”; the erudite and sensitive young man who hoped for a political and spiritual awakening among his peers; the sexually insatiable star who served a prison term for the abuse of a female fan; the prison-born son of a Black Panther who recorded a moving tribute to all women. Divided into five sections, this extensively illustrated book explores Tupac’s troubled childhood in Oakland and his relationship with his mother; his recording career and growing fame; his burgeoning film career, including reviews from all of his major film appearances and a rare selection of stills; his still-unsolved 1996 murder and the welter of conspiracy theories that emerged in the aftermath; and the ever-growing Cult of Tupac: his legacy, posthumous releases, and enduring influence on the rap soundscape.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859653756
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 692,071
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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