Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

by Carrie Golus
     
 

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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "[Tupac] Shakur saw himself as both artist and urban soldier, battling the media, the law, the courts and rival rappers." Tupac overcame poverty to become one of hip-hop's biggest stars. His life, death, and music were all surrounded by controversy.

Raised by a single mother and ex-Black Panther in

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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "[Tupac] Shakur saw himself as both artist and urban soldier, battling the media, the law, the courts and rival rappers." Tupac overcame poverty to become one of hip-hop's biggest stars. His life, death, and music were all surrounded by controversy.

Raised by a single mother and ex-Black Panther in Harlem, Tupac grew up aware of the problems in society around him. His social conscience and creative talents made him a unique voice in rap music. He starred in several Hollywood films about the challenges of urban life. But Tupac also struggled with drug abuse, served time in prison, and faced extreme violenceincluding a shooting that took his life. Throughout Tupac Shakur's career, he outraged some and inspired many. He continues to be known as one of the greatest rappers in the history of hip-hop.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Tupac Shakur's life was one of extremes. He displayed astounding talent and intelligence at an early age and yet was unable to move beyond the negative influences of his childhood. Shakur performed in several community theater productions as a child and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts for a short time before he was forced to drop out and move across the country when his mother could no longer care for him and his sister. The move from the East Coast to California was designed to offer Shakur a more stable home life, but ultimately, the opposite resulted. Shakur was homeless for many years until he was able to afford his own apartment. But Shakur's talent and childhood experiences gave him more than enough street smarts to establish a successful career in Los Angeles' Gangsta rap music scene. Shakur had released twelve albums and acted in seven films when an unknown assassin's bullet cut short his life at the age of 25. Golus presents a frank, unvarnished view of Shakur's life, focusing equally on his talent and intelligence as well as the mistakes he made in his professional and private life. The text is packed with images of Shakur and newspaper clips. The text is part of the USA Today "Lifeline: Biographies" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761354734
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
871,139
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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