Back in the Day: My Life and Times with Tupac Shakur

Back in the Day: My Life and Times with Tupac Shakur

by Darrin Keith Bastfield
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Back in the Day: My Life and Times with Tupac Shakur by Darrin Keith Bastfield

A star during his lifetime, a legend after a bullet killed him at the age of twenty-five, Tupac Shakur was the most influential rap musician of his day–and the most misunderstood. Far from being the insolent “gangsta” that the press put forth, Tupac was a committed and fearless visionary determined to make a difference not only on the music scene but in the black community at large. Darrin Bastfield grew up with Tupac in a rough Baltimore neighborhood, rapped with him, fought with him, and performed by his side. Now in this vivid, highly personal memoir featuring never-before-seen photos of the rap artist, Darrin shows the world what Tupac Shakur was really like as a teenager destined for greatness.

In tight, edgy prose, Darrin follows Tupac through the seven years of their friendship. In Roland Park Middle School in the mid-1980s, rap was a kind of underground movement, and the kids with real talent always found each other. Tupac–new in town, a skinny thirteen-year old with shabby clothes and lopsided hair–may have looked uncool, but it soon became clear that he had the gift. When Tupac teamed up with Mouse, king of the beatbox, they blew the school away in their performance as the Eastside Crew. It was the first in a series of increasingly electrifying performances.

When Tupac went to the Baltimore School for the Arts, then it really started to happen. A new group called Born Busy, unforgettable performances at the Beaux Arts Balls, an eye-opening backstage encounter with Salt-N-Pepa, their tight friendship with John, known among black kids as “the cool white boy,” a series of love affairs with adoring girls, the wild nights of the 1988 senior prom–Tupac and Darrin lived though it all together, and in this memoir Darrin makes it all come alive again.

From the start, Darrin knew Tupac was a marked man, singled out by his charismatic gift. So it came as no surprise that Tupac made it big when rap went mainstream. What stunned Darrin was the violent turn Tupac’s life took once he relocated to L.A.–and how swiftly that violence engulfed and destroyed him. Vibrant, gritty, alive with the tension and spontaneity of rap music, this memoir of Tupac’s teenage years is a haunting portrait of one of the most important artists of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307831156
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Darrin Keith Bastfield, a visual artist, writer, and manager of musical talent, began his career in Marketing and Promotions at CBS Records in New York in 1989. He later worked as an Agent Assistant at Wilhelmina Commercial Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, California. Today, Bastfield is the Founder/CEO of Born Busy Productions, Inc., and Black He was raised and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Back In The Day: My Life And Times With Tupac Shakur 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
tupac's boooks are one of my favorites, because for a person to here the life of a person who struggled and strived to get to where they are, takes alot of effort. Tupac is my hero of all time, and people need to know why the lord gave Tupac big feet, it's so no one else can ever walk a mile in his shoes, and not even fifty cent cause he's getting alot of comparisons to Tupac he's just a wangsta punnk fifty cennt aint nothing but a little punk and he's disrespecful to everyone. tupacs books are thee bestAND IF HE WAS HERE HED PUT FIFTY CENT IN PLACE WITH THUG PASSSION.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i havn't even read the book yet but i do have it and i've read 5 pages and i already love the book and know it will be worth a while of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darin Bastfield's memoir of Tupac Shakur's earlier years (before his rise to super stardom), allowed me to vicariously experience his 'life and times' with one of the greatest poets of our times. Mr. Bastfield's vivid, titillating composition is no doubt, a profound social history, which gives insight and explanation into some of Tupac's personal and community dynamics. Tupac's seemingly complex, paradoxical life presentation reflected to a great extent, the complexity and paradoxicality of America. Mr. Bastfield depicts their teenage interactions and experiences with great poise and sophistication. He (in his report of their childhood), exemplified true friendship by letting Tupac know in a strong but caring manner his disagreement over certain behavior he engaged in. True friends are able to disagree without being disagreeable. Mr. Bastfield wrote of his and Tupac's association/friendship with great care and conscience, seeming to never compromise the truth of their young lives. Mr. Bastfield, my hat is off to you. I anxiously await the publication of your next book. Thanks for sharing a wonderful story.----A. Kareem Hassan
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Back In The Day: My Life and Times With Tupac Shakur', the author, Darrin Keith Bastfield, delivers on his promise to tell the story of the REAL, not yet discussed Tupac, 'before [he] had status'. This times really funny, memoir, obviously written by a spiritually driven friend, reads like a coming of age tale that just happens to recount the story of surviving the formative late teen years and entering adulthood with one of this generations most prolific figures. 'Back In The Day...' literally transports us to the mid to late eighties, giving us a lesson on how affective were the early days of rap and hip-hop culture while introducing us to a young theater student/rapper named Tupac Shakur. The reader is invited to relive those days in Baltimore with Tupac, Bastfield and crew, including glimpses of a young Jada Pinkett who also attended their school. As a fan, I was enlightened to nuances of Pac that sparked way back when, like the fact that he was coming out of his shirt (as he so often did while performing) at the tender age of 14, and that Tupac was a true activist back then, rallying for his community and, reading about the one time 'MC New York' makes all that manufactured 'east coast/west coast' front page friction that was so prominent a minute ago finally fade away. The story also alludes to the eerie fact that, while Pac was able to overcome many obstacles, poverty being the most obvious, in order to make friends with all sorts of folks, he apparently always had an uncanny knack for attracting some negative energy. Even 'Back In The Day', some folks were hating. Kind of makes you go 'aha' in lieu of obtaining any relief at all when asking 'Why?' such a talented, and yes, as we learn here, deep and culturally concerned young man was taken from this plane all too soon. Finally, someone has filled in the missing pieces to the puzzle. Those who were just curious will be satisfied with this and the truly intrigued will join me in shedding tears of joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Back in the Day¿ is a must read for friend or foe of Tupac. Prior to my reading the first page Tupac held a special place in my heart I reserve for celebrities. Upon turning the last page and digesting Darrin Keith Bastfields¿ words Tupac Amaru Shakur became my friend and brother. A lost that was magnified ten times after finishing the book. The author takes us on a trip down memory lane of his school days and neighborhood times in Baltimore with Tupac, and mentions of Jada Pinkett now Jada Pinkett ¿ Smith and Dana M. Smith a.ka. Mouse the human beatbox. In the prologue Darrin Keith Bastfield says ¿And it is my intention that all of you have this firsthand experience, and be duly affected by it.¿ I can attest that I have been affected and will remain so for a long time. I want to thank the author for validating my thoughts regarding Tupacs¿ personality. Behind his eyes I knew lived a beautiful genius who purred like a cat, but the media promoted him as a untamed bear. We miss you Tupac and again thank you Mr. Bastfield. Missy APOOO Online Bookclub.