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9780671028442

The Rose That Grew from Concrete

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    9780671028442

  • ISBN10:

    0671028448

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-11-01
  • Publisher: MTV Books
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Summary

Capturing the unrivaled passion and candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists, this collection of poetry offers a glimpse into Shakur's enigmatic life and its intense contradictions.

Author Biography

Tupac Shakur recorded twelve landmark albums -- nine of which went either platinum or gold. A consummate actor, he also appeared in six major motion pictures, including Poetic Justice, Juice, GridLock'd, and Gang Related. He was murdered at the age of twenty-five.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi(2)
Preface xiii(2)
Afeni Shakur
Foreword: Tupac, C U in Heaven xv(4)
Nikki Giovanni
Introduction xix
Leila Steinberg
THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE 3(34)
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
3(2)
In the Depths of Solitude
5(2)
Sometimes I Cry
7(2)
Under the Skies Above
9(2)
Life Through My Eyes
11(2)
When Ure Heart Turns Cold
13(2)
Untitled
15(2)
The Eternal Lament
17(2)
Only 4 the Righteous
19(2)
What of Fame?
21(2)
The Shining Star Within!
23(2)
Starry Night
25(2)
If I Fail
27(2)
What Is It That I Search 4
29(2)
The Fear in the Heart of a Man
31(2)
God
33(4)
NOTHING CAN COME BETWEEN US 37(68)
Nothing Can Come Between Us
37(2)
My Dearest One!!
39(2)
If There Be Pain...
41(2)
Things That Make Hearts Break
43(2)
Black Woman
45(2)
And Still I Love U
47(2)
The Mutual Heartache?
49(2)
1st Impressions
51(2)
A Love Unspoken
53(2)
Forever and Today
55(2)
When I Do Kiss U
57(2)
Carmencita of the Bronx!
59(2)
Untitled
61(2)
Love Is Just Complicated
63(2)
Elizabeth
65(2)
I Know My Heart Has Lied Before
67(2)
From First Glance
69(2)
1 for April
71(2)
Wife 4 Life
73(2)
Tears from a Star
75(2)
March 1st--The Day After April
77(2)
Why Must U Be Unfaithful
79(2)
The Power of a Smile
81(2)
Genesis (The Rebirth of My Heart)
83(2)
Love Within a Storm
85(2)
What Can I Offer Her?
87(2)
Jada
89(2)
The Tears in Cupid's Eyes
91(2)
Cupid's Smile II
93(2)
What I See!
95(2)
In the Midst of Passion
97(2)
2 People with 1 Wish
99(2)
Hours Pass By
101(4)
JUST A BREATH OF FREEDOM 105(30)
Just a Breath of Freedom
105(2)
For Mrs. Hawkins
107(2)
The Sun and the Moon
109(2)
"Fallen Star"
111(2)
Government Assistance or My Soul
113(2)
Family Tree
115(2)
Or My Soul
117(2)
When Ure Hero Falls
119(2)
Untitled
121(2)
"U R Ripping Us Apart !!!"
123(2)
A River That Flows Forever
125(2)
Can U C the Pride in the Panther
127(2)
Tears of a Teenage Mother
129(2)
"Where There Is a Will..."
131(4)
LIBERTY NEEDS GLASSES 135
Liberty Needs Glasses
135(2)
How Can We Be Free
137(2)
The Promise
139(2)
And 2morrow
141(2)
No-Win
143(2)
The Unanswerable?
145(2)
Nightmares
147(2)
So I Say GOODBYE
149(1)
In the Event of My Demise
150

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Excerpts

From Section One: The Rose That Grew From Concrete

The Rose That Grew from Concrete

Autobiographical

Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack

in the concrete

Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk

without having feet

Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams

it learned 2 breathe fresh air

Long live the rose that grew from concrete

when no one else even cared!

In the Depths of Solitude

Dedicated 2 Me

I exist in the depths of solitude

pondering my true goal

Trying 2 find peace of mind

and still preserve my soul

CONSTANTLY yearning 2 be accepted

and from all receive respect

Never compromising but sometimes risky

and that is my only regret

A young heart with an old soul

how can there be peace

How can I be in the depths of solitude

when there R 2 inside of me

This Duo within me causes

the perfect opportunity

2 learn and live twice as fast

as those who accept simplicity

Sometimes I Cry

Sometimes when I'm alone

I cry because I'm on my own

The tears I cry R bitter and warm

They flow with life but take no form

I cry because my heart is torn

and I find it difficult 2 carry on

If I had an ear 2 confide in

I would cry among my treasured friends

But who do u know that stops that long

to help another carry on

The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by

than 2 stop and c what makes u cry

It's painful and sad and sometimes I cry

and no one cares about why.

Under the Skies Above

After the Miscarriage

My child is out there somewhere

under the skies above

waiting anxiously 4 u and me

2 bless it with our love

A part of me a part of u

and a part of this love we share

will protect my unborn child

who lives dormant out there somewhere

Sometimes in my dreams

I imagine what it would be like

How could I properly guide him

when even I don't know what's right

Whether he is born in wealth or poverty

there will be no deficiency in love

I welcome this gift of life

given from GOD under the skies above

Copyright © 1999 by The Estate of Tupac Shakur



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