Tupac Shakurby Clifford W. Mills
Tupac Shakur spent most of his brief life bouncing around America's toughest neighborhoods. A pensive, artistic youth, Tupac burst onto the hip-hop scene in the early 1990s and became one of rap music's most popular and volotile figures. To his critics, Tupac symbolized the evils of "gangsta rap" and its glorification of violence. His fans, however, saw him as a thought-provoking intellectual who articulated the plight of millions of disaffected inner-city youths. Tupac was shot to death in 1996 under still-unsolved circumstances. His career lasted a scant half-decade, but his iconic stature continues to grow with each passing year.
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Clifford W. Mills currently teaches at Columbia College
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