The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

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A collection of poems written by Tupac Shakur that bear his heart and soul. This collection lets the reader know what Tupac stood for.

Shakur, Tupac. The Rose that Grew from Concrete.  Pocket Books. 1999. 151 pages. paperback. $16.00, ISBN 978-0-671-02845-

Tupac Shakur, rapper, actor, and poet, died in 1996 at the age of 25. The Rose that Grew from Concrete is a collection of poems written by Tupac from 1989-1991, a time before he became famous. The title comes from the first poem in the book, a poem that he wrote at a writing circle with his friend and later agent, Leila Steinberg. It is an autobiographical poem about Tupac illustrating the obstacles he had overcome. The collection illustrates the many emotions of Tupac as well as what he stood for. Each poem is shown in Tupac’s own handwriting. The collection includes a poem to his friend, Jada Pinkett, several poems for his mother, and many for his girlfriends. Many poems were written that reflected his social consciousness. The last poem in the book, are his parting thoughts in the event of his death.

I recommend this non-fiction book for all readers aged 12 and up. It is a look into the heart and mind of Tupac but it also gives the reader pause to stop and think about their own emotions.

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Interview with Leila Steinberg  (2PAC’S Former Manager)  

Music Album with Tupac’s poems read by hip-hop personalities.

Book Trailer:

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Interview with Tupac Shakur:

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