TUPAC SHAKUR by Vibe Magazine


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 Shakur, who died in a drive-by shooting at the age of 25, was one of rap music's most controversial and influential performers, as evidenced by this collection of heavily illustrated articles from VIBE magazine, including interviews, features on the singer, and reports on the increasingly heated conflicts within rap music that may, it has been suggested, have played a part in Shakur's death. Those unfamiliar with Shakur's hard life and his gangsta rap, which celebrated violent defiance of a society viewed as largely racist and lethal, will probably feel somewhat at sea here- -these are pieces written for knowledgeable fans of hip-hop and rap. However, the vigor and frankness of some of these articles by young critics and journalists does offer a fascinating view of a vibrant and deeply disturbing part of popular culture. Shakur's fans will find the book a useful overview of a short, intensely controversial, and ultimately self-destructive life and career. (100 color photos, not seen)

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1997
ISBN: 0-609-60072-9
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1997