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In 1996 Tupac Shakur, one of the most talented artists of his time, was murdered by an unknown gunman. Fred L. Johnson and Tayannah Lee McQuillar examine the theories surrounding his death and the story of Tupac's lost legacy in this definitive biography.For millions, Shakur gave voice to their stories, but there was also another side to him, revealed as his life spun out of control, as the whispered warnings from friends went unheeded and the denunciations of critics grew louder. Disturbingly, he sang and wrote about his impending death. When it came, it brought the music industry to its knees and ended an era when American rappers were leaders in using their art to speak the truth to corporate, government, and judicial power.
Fred L. Johnson is Associate Professor of History at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Tayannah Lee Mcquillar is the author of When Rap Music Had a Conscience and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
|The Boy From Nowhere||p. 3|
|The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense||p. 15|
|Lesane Gets a Name Change||p. 33|
|Who Plans a Motherless Child?||p. 37|
|Nonviolence Is a Dead Philosophy||p. 45|
|The New Start||p. 48|
|Baltimore School for the Arts||p. 52|
|The Bakke Decision||p. 54|
|Years of Lean and Plenty of Mean||p. 59|
|Jada and John||p. 64|
|The Jungle||p. 71|
|Shock G||p. 80|
|2Pacalypse Now||p. 90|
|The Women||p. 107|
|Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z||p. 111|
|Poetic Justice||p. 115|
|A Shooting in Atlanta||p. 129|
|New Friends||p. 132|
|The Beginning of the End||p. 134|
|Above the Rim||p. 139|
|Keisha Morris||p. 142|
|The First Shooting||p. 148|
|What Happened Upstairs?||p. 152|
|Where the Real Gangstas Live||p. 156|
|Me Against the World||p. 162|
|The Shogun of Death Row||p. 164|
|Inmate No. 95-A-1140||p. 176|
|The Man Who Walked Out of Prison||p. 185|
|A Problem Between Two Rappers||p. 189|
|Piggie and Buffy||p. 206|
|The Second Shooting||p. 213|
|Black Royalty and Big Plans||p. 217|
|The Notorious P.I.S.S.E.D.||p. 223|
|The Third Shooting||p. 230|
|Too Hard to Believe||p. 241|
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