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Tupac Shakur : The Life and Times of an American Icon



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Perseus Books Group
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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 1/26/2010.

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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.

Author Biography

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 Nowherep. 3
Lumbertonp. 5
Alicep. 10
The Black Panther Party for Self-Defensep. 15
Lesane Gets a Name Changep. 33
Who Plans a Motherless Child?p. 37
Nonviolence Is a Dead Philosophyp. 45
The New Startp. 48
Baltimore School for the Artsp. 52
The Bakke Decisionp. 54
Years of Lean and Plenty of Meanp. 59
Jada and Johnp. 64
The Junglep. 71
Leilap. 74
Shock Gp. 80
Interscopep. 87
2Pacalypse Nowp. 90
Juicep. 95
T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E.p. 100
The Womenp. 107
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Zp. 111
Poetic Justicep. 115
Puffyp. 119
Biggiep. 123
A Shooting in Atlantap. 129
New Friendsp. 132
The Beginning of the Endp. 134
Above the Rimp. 139
Keisha Morrisp. 142
The First Shootingp. 148
What Happened Upstairs?p. 152
Where the Real Gangstas Livep. 156
Me Against the Worldp. 162
The Shogun of Death Rowp. 164
Inmate No. 95-A-1140p. 176
The Man Who Walked Out of Prisonp. 185
A Problem Between Two Rappersp. 189
Crusaderp. 193
Piggie and Buffyp. 206
The Second Shootingp. 213
Black Royalty and Big Plansp. 217
The Notorious P.I.S.S.E.D.p. 223
The Third Shootingp. 230
Too Hard to Believep. 241
Goodbyep. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Bibliographyp. 253
Discographyp. 261
Filmographyp. 263
Indexp. 265
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