The Rose That Grew from Concrete

The Rose That Grew from Concrete

by Tupac Shakur
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The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

This collection of more than 100 poems that honestly and artfully confront topics ranging from poverty and motherhood to Van Gogh and Mandela is presented in Tupac Shakur's own handwriting on one side of the page, with a typed version on the opposite side. Targeted mailings. (Poetry)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416511656
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 09/04/2006
Sales rank: 169,927

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.

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 175 reviews.
Michellesays More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
DonyG More than 1 year ago
Recommendable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such beautiful lyrics from a beautiful soul
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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FRANKDEJESUS More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HE IS A EXCELLENT BROTHER.
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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.
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