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Includes a suggested playlist of some of Pac's lesser known songs. Discusses both the New York shooting and Las Vegas shooting in detail, explaining who was likely responsible for them. Discusses the beefs during Pac's life and the various conspiracy theories surrounding his death.

At the renowned Coachella music festival in 2012, crowds looked on with awe and stunned silence as the world's most famous rapper took the stage to deliver a fiery performance of two of his well-known hits alongside friend and former collaborator Snoop Dogg. The legendary Tupac Shakur had just overshadowed every other performer at the festival despite the fact he'd been dead for over 15 years.

The "2Pac Hologram" was only the latest buzzworthy headline that Tupac has generated long after he was infamously gunned down just off the strip in Las Vegas back in September 1996. Since his death, Shakur's estate has released far more music posthumously than Pac released in his all-too-brief career, amazing fans and music critics alike. In addition to the music that still keeps finding the light of day, the hologram performance was another fitting example that music fans continue to refuse to let him go, with some even going so far as to speculate that he faked his death.

Why does Pac continue to hold such a high place in pop culture among anyone who grew up in the last 40 years? The answers can be found in his turbulent life, unsolved murder, and the fact that most of the topics of his music continue to be relevant today. Born to a single mother who later developed an addiction to crack, Pac's childhood was marred by constant moving, living in squalor, and eventually being homeless as a teenager in "The Jungle", Marin City. Always a fan of performing, Pac channeled his rage, energy, and charisma into a rap career, fueled by his inability to forget how he grew up and the social ills he witnessed.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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The legend

I love how he never gave up the struggle. He's gone but yet he lives.

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Big Disappointment

A lot of this book was written about tupac and his early years that led to his death if you want to read a great book on Tupac Shakur download Holler if you Hear Me!!!!

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  • col2910
  • 03-06-21

An okay listen

A bit of a departure from my normal reading (or listening) with this short offering on rap legend Tupac Shakur.

Did I enjoy it? Did I learn anything? Was it a waste of my time?

Hmm, it was ok.

A few snippets ie I never knew Shakur was friends with Jada Pinkett Smith, though I'm not quite sure what good that bit of trivia is ever going to do me.

No, I don't ever regard as time spent in a book as a waste of time. I have been considering trying to introduce more non-fiction into my reading, so it's a small step in that direction. That said, towards the end when Shakur's unsolved killing is discussed you have fact, blended with the speculation and gossip and conspiracy theories.

I think what it might force me to do is visit You Tube for a sampling of some of his better known songs, none of which I can claim familiarity with by virtue of title alone. Maybe I'll recognise them if I listen to them.

Sad when lives end abruptly and prematurely and in this instance from a gun. Sad for the victim, sad for the friends and family. No winners.

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Read - (listened to) March, 2021
Published - 2012
Page count - 42 (2 hrs 7 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible

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  • Greg Gerrard
  • 05-23-18

#Tupac4Eva

Though it didn't tell me much that I already didn't know as I am a huge Tupac fan I still very much enjoyed.