Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

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by Clifford W. Mills
     
 

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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

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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.

About the Author:
Clifford W. Mills currently teaches at Columbia College

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
This biography of rapper Tupac Shakur is one of a proposed "Hip-Hop Stars" series, profiling various stars of the hip-hop scene. Tupac was born Lesane Parish Crooks in New York City on June 16, 1971. His mother Afeni was active in the Black Panther movement. From the time he was very young, she made an effort to expose her son to the arts, including music and theater. He enjoyed rhyming to a beat from early childhood; this talent would later compel him to a stellar rise as a popular rap musician in the early nineties. At the same time, Tupac was a controversial figure. Some felt that his "gangsta rap" served to inspire and justify violent crime. Tupac served time in prison for a sexual assault and was also involved in a few other incidents, one of which led to the accidental shooting death of a child. These incidents are justified and/or minimized in the text. He had a brief but successful film career in addition to his musical talents. Swept up in a violent rivalry between east and west coast rappers, he was shot, execution-style, twice. He survived the first attempt on his life but succumbed to the second a year later, dying at age twenty-six in 1996. The strength of this book is its extensive backmatter—a timeline, an index, a bibliography, a glossary, a list of books for further reading, a filmography, a discography, and an apparent occasional use of primary source material. However, florid prose that includes frequent opinions by the author when facts would suffice greatly detracts from the presentation. Also, poor punctuation occasionally creates sentences that are hard to understand. Libraries that are in desperate need of biographies of popular African-American musiciansmay want to consider this biography because there are very few biographies about Tupac available. However, the book's many flaws make it undesirable for most libraries. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791097328
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Series:
Hip-Hop Stars Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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