Tupac Shakur
by Michael Eric DYSON (9780859653220)

Tupac Shakur
Michael Eric DYSON
Release Date: 31 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Category: Rap & Hip-hop
ISBN: 9780859653220
ISBN-10: 0859653226

Five years after his murder, Tupac Shakur remains a widely celebrated, much loved and profoundly controversial icon among black youth worldwide. He has attained cult status partly due to the posthumous release of several albums, three films and a collection of poetry, but Tupac Shakur endures primarily thanks to the devotion of his loyal fans, who have immortalised him through tributes, letters, songs and celebrations, many in cyberspace. Like many gangsta rappers, Tupac felt that leaving his 'Thug Life' behind him when he became famous would make him appear out of touch with the subject of his songs - a fake. He continued to live the life of a gang member in Los Angeles, being arrested frequently on assault and weapons charges. Ultimately, Tupac died the death of a gang member too - gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. In Tupac Shakur: Holler If You Hear Me, Michael Eric Dyson helps us to understand why a 25-year-old rapper, activist, poet and actor looms even larger in death than he did in life. With his trademark skills of critical thinking and storytelling, Dyson examines Tupac's hold on black youth, assessing the ways in which different elements of his persona - thug, confused prophet, fatherless child - are both vital and destructive. At once deeply personal and sharply analytical, this book offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac Shakur that will thrill those who already love the artist, and enlighten those who want to understand him.

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