Holler If You Hear Me (2006) by Michael Eric Dyson
Publication Date: 2006-09-05
With a new preface by the author. Ten years after his murder, Tupac Shakur is even more loved, contested, and celebrated than he was in life. His posthumously released albums, poetry, and motion pictures have catapulted him into the upper echelon of American cultural icons. In Holler If You Hear Me, "hip-hop intellectual" Michael Eric Dyson, acclaimed author of the bestselling Is Bill Cosby Right?, offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him.
Tupac by Jacob Hoye (Editor); Karolyn Ali (Editor); Walter Einenkel (Contribution by); Afeni Shakur (Based on a work by)
Publication Date: 2006-03-07
Available for the first time in paperback, this stunningly illustrated and intimate book--composed of Tupac's own words--is in many ways the autobiography Tupac Shakur never got to write. A stunningly designed, richly illustrated companion to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection brings unprecedented clarity and soulful intimacy to the life and work of the late Tupac Shakur. In many ways the autobiography he never got to write, Tupac: Resurrection features the artist in his own words, letters, and poems. They are showcased here, along with dozens of never-before-seen photographs, lyrics, screenplay ideas, and other personal effects. Capturing as never before the unrivaled passion and intense candor that made him one of America's bestselling solo recording artists of all time, Tupac: Resurrection stands as an indelible testament to Tupac's astonishing cultural legacy.
Tupac Shakur by Fred L. Johnson; Tayannah Lee McQuillar
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
A passionate, critically incisive cultural biography of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur and an examination of the forces that shaped him 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.
From Angie Thomas' Blog: "It’s no secret that Tupac influenced THE HATE U GIVE, but other artists and songs inspired the book, too. Check out the (official?) writing playlist to give you a taste of what’s to come in 2017! The songs are in no particular order. (Insert “Parental Advisory” sticker here.)"