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Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete.
His talent was unbounded a raw force that commanded attention and respect.
His death was tragic a violent homage to the power of his voice.
His legacy is indomitable as vibrant and alive today as it has ever been.
For the first time in paperback, this collection of deeply personal poetry is a mirror into the legendary artist's enigmatic world and its many contradictions.
Written in his own hand from the time he was nineteen, these seventy-two poems embrace his spirit, his energy and his ultimate message of hope.
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About the Author
Tupac Shakur recorded twelve landmark albums nine of which went either platinum or gold. A consummate actor, he also appeared in six major motion pictures, including Poetic Justice, Juice, GridLock'd, and Gang Related. He was murdered at the age of twenty-five.
Read an Excerpt
Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack
in the concrete
Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk
without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
it learned 2 breathe fresh air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared!
Dedicated 2 Me
I exist in the depths of solitude
pondering my true goal
Trying 2 find peace of mind
and still preserve my soul
CONSTANTLY yearning 2 be accepted
and from all receive respect
Never compromising but sometimes risky
and that is my only regret
A young heart with an old soul
how can there be peace
How can I be in the depths of solitude
when there R 2 inside of me
This Duo within me causes
the perfect opportunity
2 learn and live twice as fast
as those who accept simplicity
Sometimes when I'm alone
I cry because I'm on my own
The tears I cry R bitter and warm
They flow with life but take no form
I cry because my heart is torn
and I find it difficult 2 carry on
If I had an ear 2 confide in
I would cry among my treasured friends
But who do u know that stops that long
to help another carry on
The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by
than 2 stop and c what makes u cry
It's painful and sad and sometimes I cry
and no one cares about why.
After the Miscarriage
My child is out there somewhere
under the skies above
waiting anxiously 4 u and me
2 bless it with our love
A part of me a part of u
and a part of this love we share
will protect my unborn child
who lives dormant out there somewhere
Sometimes in my dreams
I imagine what it would be like
How could I properly guide him
when even I don't know what's right
Whether he is born in wealth or poverty
there will be no deficiency in love
I welcome this gift of life
given from GOD under the skies above
Copyright © 1999 by The Estate of Tupac Shakur
Table of Contents
Preface by Afeni Shakur
Foreword: Tupac, C U in Heaven by Nikki Giovanni
Introduction by Leila Steinberg
THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
In the Depths of Solitude
Sometimes I Cry
Under the Skies Above
Life Through My Eyes
When Ure Heart Turns Cold
The Eternal Lament
Only 4 the Righteous
What of Fame?
The Shining Star Within!
If I Fail
What Is It That I Search 4
The Fear in the Heart of a Man
NOTHING CAN COME BETWEEN US
Nothing Can Come Between Us
My Dearest One!!
If There Be Pain...
Things That Make Hearts Break
And Still I Love U
The Mutual Heartache?
A Love Unspoken
Forever and Today
When I Do Kiss U
Carmencita of the Bronx!
Love Is Just Complicated
I Know My Heart Has Lied Before
From First Glance
1 for April
Wife 4 Life
Tears from a Star
March 1st -- The Day After April
Why Must U Be Unfaithful
The Power of a Smile
Genesis (The Rebirth of My Heart)
Love Within a Storm
What Can I Offer Her?
The Tears in Cupid's Eyes
Cupid's Smile II
What I See!
In the Midst of Passion
2 People with 1 Wish
Hours Pass By
JUST A BREATH OF FREEDOM
Just a Breath of Freedom
For Mrs. Hawkins
The Sun and the Moon
Government Assistance or My Soul
Or My Soul
When Ure Hero Falls
"U R Ripping Us Apart!!!"
A River That Flows Forever
Can U C the Pride in the Panther
Tears of a Teenage Mother
"Where There Is a Will...."
LIBERTY NEEDS GLASSES
Liberty Needs Glasses
How Can We Be Free
So I Say GOODBYE
In the Event of My Demise
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a compelling collection of poetry. Tupac Shakur appreciated the sound and rhythm of words and the powerful affect they could have on people. He wrote these poems at 19 when he was part of a writing group conducted by Leila Steinberg, a writer and producer working in the music industry. The book captures Shakur's passion and anger in a unique format. On the right side of the page is the typed version of each poem. On the left side is a copy of Shakur's own handwriting on notebook paper. Shakur drew an eye for "I" or used symbols to replace words like peace and love. Two women who loved him dearly - his mother, Afeni Shakur, and poet and close friend Nikki Giovanni, share their thoughts in the preface and forward of the book. One of my favorites is the autobiographical poem "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". Tupac writes (in part): "Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk without having feet." Tupac was that rose. He grew up in the projects and homeless shelters of New York City. Click on the links below to learn more about Tupac's life in the Shvoong reviews by hezi entitled Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971 - 1996 and by ALAQUA entitled Tupac Shakur Not Dead. Tupac also starred in several motion pictures, including Juice, Gang Related, and Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson (click on link below to read my Shvoong review on Tupac's co-star Janet). You may have never heard his music or seen his movies. You may disregard this book because of all the controversy that surrounded his life. But as Afeni Shakur writes, "Tupac's work speaks for itself." His words are "a raw force that commanded attention and respect. " You should read them for yourself.
I am deeply in love with him for many reasons. he spoke the truth. no one could change his mind about what he knew was right. and this book has been for me sunlight through a storm on many days. it is excellent.
Many older adults feel that Tupac was just another rapper. This book proves that Tupac is a very powerful person that expressed his life in music, poetry, and much more. Tupac is my idol and he will be missed by millions of people he didn't even know. RIP Tupac Amaru Shakur June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996
Such beautiful lyrics from a beautiful soul
I honestly expected a little more and was a little disappointed with it. The book didn't "live up" to the description provided for it.
I bought this book because i am a tupac fan and i wanted to read what he wrote free hand. He was a talented person very deep with his words and when i recieved the book and started reading it and reading every poem he wrote and in his own hand writing i was mezmerized by his words and you can feel how he felt writing it i recommend everyone read his work and see the other side of tupac R.I.P tupac thanks for the insperation...
HE IS A EXCELLENT BROTHER.
I loved this book!! I go back and read it all the time. You must go get the book especially for the people who thought Tupac was JUST a "gangster" rapper because this book would definitely change your mind. It would really make you realize how unique, deep, and just the opposite of what others and the negative public eyes thought of him.