The Rose That Grew from Concrete

The Rose That Grew from Concrete This collection of than 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 t

This collection of 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.

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  1. Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper In addition to his status as a top selling recording artist, Shakur was a successful film actor and a prominent social activist He is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest selling rap artist, with over 75,000,000 albums sold worldwide, including over 50,000,000 in the United States Most of Shakur s songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, problems in society and conflicts with other rappers Shakur s work is known for advocating political, economic, social and racial equality, as well as his raw descriptions of violence, drug and alcohol abuse and conflicts with the law.Shakur was initially a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground Shakur s debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, gained critical recognition and backlash for its controversial lyrics Shakur became the target of lawsuits and experienced other legal problems Later, he was shot five times and robbed in the lobby of a recording studio in New York City Following the event, Shakur grew suspicious that other figures in the rap industry had prior knowledge of the incident and did not warn him the controversy helped spark the East Coast West Coast hip hop rivalry After serving eleven months of his sentence for sexual abuse, Shakur was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records In exchange for Knight s assistance, Shakur agreed to release three albums under the Death Row label Shakur s fifth album, the first double disc release in hip hop history All Eyez on Me, was counted as two albums.On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, and died six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the University Medical Center.

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  1. 2Pac has brought me out of my reading slump When in doubt, turn to Pac.Most people think of him first and foremost as a rapper, but that s only one side of his story First of all, let me start off by saying that I m not the biggest expert on rap I do enjoy it though If there s one thing I pride myself on, it s my constant drive to learn new things and broaden horizons I am interested in EVERYTHING I appreciate all forms of music Rock, grunge, alternative, pop, blues, classical Most of the songs [...]

  2. Tupac s story is incredibly fascinating Although he s popularly portrayed as a cold hearted gangbanger, those who dig deeper will find that he was an incredibly complex, soulful person with a deep sensitivity that the mainstream media misses This book of his original poetry, written when he was 19 on scraps of notepaper, really surprised me by giving a glimpse into that sensitive side While some of the poetry is trite, there are a number of poems that border on profound, expressing Tupac s deep [...]

  3. Poems are the reflections of an individual soul we should look at the reflections and ask what we see in our own soul reflected back good, bad or indifferent it is one of the purest ways we can connect as human beings As such I find these poems filled with pure reflections of Tupac and appreciate the fact that he shared them with us.

  4. Tupac Shakur.Tupac Shakur.Tupac Shakur I ve resurrected you a gazillion times in my mind, but I realize that you re truly gone gone gone How did you know through your rhymes it was your time to go You predicted it in every line, all in your flow Nas In the event of my Demisewhen my heart can beat no I Hope I Die For A Principleor A Belief that I had Lived 4I will die Before My TimeBecause I feel the shadow s Depthso much I wanted 2 accomplishbefore I reached my DeathI have come 2 grips with the [...]

  5. Kim Lechelle read a poem from this collection by Tupac for Poetry thursday over on You Tube and I had to get this I devoured it upon its arrival Such a fantastic collection of poems His original hand written poems are on the left page and a typed version on the right page The poems cover so many themes from love, fear, devotion, youth, desires, family, etc There was a lot going on this young man s head A lot than anybody could have imagined Tupac would have been 43 years old this year and would [...]

  6. Honestly written with no pretense I am not a fan of his music Reading this book made me see the beauty of this man s soul.

  7. The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a really inspiring book to me I personally think that Tupac was a great writer and rapper Just a great human being all around, that had a pretty rough life Like it says in If I Fail , There was never a life as hard as mine No father no money no chance and no guide Although I don t know much of his history by logic and I don t really hear a lot of his rap, I thought I would give this book a chance I have a classmate that all he hears is pretty much Tupac, and h [...]

  8. I loved this poetry collection I had no idea that Tupac had actually written poetry, though I ll always be a big fan of his music, especially the socially conscious songs A lot of the poems are heartfelt, bemoaning social issues, injustices and racism A few are also very poignant, especially the one where he talks about his girlfriend suffering from a miscarriage There are also some poems dedicated to the loves of his life,Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela, Vincent Van Gogh, etc The poems show his [...]

  9. Tupac Shakur is the only rapper I like Some of his rap songs could be classified as brilliant urban poetry Since I adore poetry I decided to read this book that I found at the library I had already read the title s poem The Rose That Grew from Concrete online I wasn t sure I would like Tupac s poetry and if it would really touch me, but some of it did Many of the poems in the collection were written in his teen years Tupac s poems talk about growing pains, teenage love and lust, being a young bl [...]

  10. I bought this book at Barnes and Nobles and it what a bit pricey for a book of poetry but let me tell you was definitely worth it.For starters if you love to read poetry, then this is actually a really good book because it has such deep, and powerful meaning.If you like writing poetry, this book will make you want to write poetry like him as in to have real meaning to your poetry.But aside from that, you guys should definitely read this book because although Tupac may be a thug this guy wrote so [...]

  11. I m glad I finally took the time out to read this It was awesome seeing Tupac s words in his own writing for me I agree with most of the others who have reviewed the book on the poems, they really aren t much to get excited about but I don t think the poems themselves were what was is supposed to be concentrated on I think his words in general, his feelings, moods and beliefs, etc were and are what should be looked at I got a kick out of all the poems that were dedicated to a different chick Go [...]

  12. A book I recently read was The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur At First i thought it would be a book full of Tupacs raps,but when I started reading I realized that this book was full of rhymes, but it wasn t raps it was poetry which is one thing about this book that interested me.A lot of people probably think this book would be about the thug life most of his raps are about, but instead it is about all of his thoughts and emotions feelings about the people he s loved,people h [...]

  13. update 8 4 2016 This book has been long overdue for a reappraisal by me When I initially reviewed, I was not in good form for analysis I went back and reread this book and will give a better review Though I still think Tupac s ultimate calling was as an emcee, his lyricism and touch with words was supreme The wit and emotion is something that comes from a place he did not often show in his music, but it is still his voice on the page The poems are short, but urgent and reminded me of the poems I [...]

  14. This book is about Tupac s life It starts off with poems and the first one talking about the rose that grew from concrete which he said thats deep because you dont see nothing growing from the concrete There s poems about his life and what he belives in like the rights for blacks Like theres a chapter where he says he believes Lady Liberty and STatue of Liberty needs glasses Did you know he was a Black Pantha I like this book because I look up too Tupac No I dont look up too him because of the v [...]

  15. I ve always loved Tupak and even have respected him This book of poems written over some years of his life are a window into this young man s deepest feelings Mirrored by much of his music the words are lyrical and raw Hip hop and rap used to be pivotal in the civil rights movement many older generation hip hiop stars were born of the movement Tupak s mother was a black panther Tupak was a disciplined and educated man This comes across in his poetry as in his music In my opinion Tupak expresses [...]

  16. There are definitely a few poems in here, specifically toward the end, that I thought yes, this is good stuff Does this show another side of him, absolutely Did I like seeing this side of him Absolutely Would I consider all of it great poetry No But, with that said, I think it s a good place to start when you look at his life His famous life was replete with controversy, this book would say otherwise While he may have been perceived as a rougher man, the love he had for people is very apparent i [...]

  17. I dont know the exact date i finished this book but I loved it I was in study hall when i first saw it on the book shelf 10th grade Its poetry that tupac had done After i got done reading all of the poetry that was inside of it, i started to write down all of the poems that i like on a piece of paper Now out of high school i still have them till this day This book actually inspired me to start writting my own poetry.

  18. Who would have known Tupac was so perfect His love poems really spoke volumes to me, they really put his heart on the page for everyone to read.

  19. Tupac s journal was an inspirational masterpiece It showed true genius Though without having a plot twist, this book did tell a story You got to understand what went on through the mind of Tupac He pours all of his emotions out After reading this book, no matter who you are, you should find it hard to find reasons to dislike this man I never knew a thing about him, other than the fact he used to be a great musician, but now I feel like I know and understand his troubles that he went through His [...]

  20. Tupac is remembered by many as the hardcore gangsta rapper who was gunned down in 1996 However, Tupac also had a softer side This book contains poetry from his private notebooks The poems, most of which are about love and overcoming adversity, have a very different tone than Tupac s music Actual images of each poem from Tupac s notebooks give the book an intimate feel The poems are very simple and straightforward, so they could be used with students of almost any age or reading ability.

  21. I was totally surprised at how well mannered and soft spoken tupac actually was He didn t just speak in the life of music but through his writing of poems I would recommend this book of poems to anyone seeking to write poems or any type of literacy My Favorite one was the last one which was In the event of my demise That poem was so powerful because he was foretelling something that actually came to pass sooner than we thought Ill leave it to you to read

  22. I never thought I d have a favorite poet Now I do Wherever he is, I hope Tupac knows the impact his words, art, and spirit still have on the world.

  23. The Rose That grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur is a book of collection of poems that show the struggles in life, his inspirations, his emotions toward loved ones and his yearn for equality in life Each poem gives off a different emotion from what he wants you to feel and each poem creates different meanings Most of his poems come from his inspiration of the things he has been through in his life He was seeking to become something in a time where color meant everything He had no support along w [...]

  24. A talented hip hop and rapper who skilfully diffuses musical verbal art into poetry creating vibes that certainly resonate with those capable to see beauty in simplicity Reading the poems, I had the feeling that he strove to avoid sophistication to make his words tightly bond to one another as the molecules of water holding the surface of a limpid sea which gives us the possibility to see an abyss of pain holding inside a heart that had to survive the violence of the ghettos, the injustice and r [...]

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