||I thank God and all my ancestors for the Artistic Tupac, for the Poetic Tupac.
||There was never a day when Tupac did not appreciate language. The sound and rhythm of words did not intimidate him. He sought to interpret his world using all the visual and linguistic tools available to him. The battle between the discipline of intellect and the ravings of the soul is a fascinating one.
||This collection of poems was written between 1989 and 1991 by the late multi-talented actor and musician Tupac Shakur. Black-and-white photographs of the artist are accompanied by his original script on loose-leaf paper. Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, provides a preface.
||Here now, reproduced in his own handwriting, are more than one hundred of Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure and powerful art of poetry. Aggressively outspoken and controversial, Tupac passionately reflects on life, love, rage, injustice, and his major influences--from Van Gogh to Mandela. Through it all, his intense and inspiring voice resonates through each soul-searching confrontation with the truth.
|Editors Note 4
||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)
||By the time of his murder at the age of 25, Tupac Shakur was a major force in rap music, with a dozen albums and six movies under his belt. But this collection of poems, written in a poetry workshop by the future star at the age of 19, shows that Shakur possessed both a poet's disarming simplicity and a writer's raw talent well before the start of his musical career. THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE is a collection of over 100 poems, included both in their original manuscript form (charmingly annotated with assorted hieroglyphics, much like a Prince lyric sheet) and in print. Themes preoccupying the embryonic rapper swing between the familiar evocations of life in the projects that would later become familiar to his fans worldwide, and meditations on topics as diverse as marriage and Nelson Mandela. Perhaps most poignant is "In the Event of My Demise," an eerily prescient reflection on early death that includes the hope that he'll at least die "for a principle or a belief...."