A Thug LifeBook - 2005
Tupac Shakur's tragic, untimely death transformed him from notorious gangsta rapper to 20th century icon. Crucial to his cross-cultural appeal is the mass of contradictions that defined his complex personality: the macho rapper who glorified the "thug life"; the erudite and sensitive young man who hoped for a political and spiritual awakening among his peers; the sexually insatiable star who served a prison term for the abuse of a female fan; the prison-born son of a Black Panther who recorded a moving tribute to all women. Divided into five sections, this extensively illustrated book explores Tupac's troubled childhood in Oakland and his relationship with his mother; his recording career and growing fame; his burgeoning film career, including reviews from all of his major film appearances and a rare selection of stills; his still-unsolved 1996 murder and the welter of conspiracy theories that emerged in the aftermath; and the ever-growing Cult of Tupac: his legacy, posthumous releases, and enduring influence on the rap soundscape.
Publisher: London : Plexus Pub., c2005.
Characteristics: 207 p. :,ill. (some col.)