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The Killing of Tupac Shakur
September 1997
183 Pages
Cathy Scott
Huntington Press
tkots.gif Who did it and why? Tupac Amaru Shakur was the most popular rapper in the world. No one symbolized the violence at the heart of gangsta rap more than Tupac, and he ultimately fell victim to that violence, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at age 25. This raw, no-holds-barred account discloses new information, including exclusive photo evidence, about the unsolved murder of Tupac: the failed investigation, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, and the many possible motives leading to the murder that rocked the music world.

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Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971 - 1996
September 1997
144 Pages
The Editors of Vibe Magazine
Crown Publishers
vibe.gif "The tragedy of Tupac is that his untimely passing is representative of too many young black men in this country....If we had lost Oprah Winfrey at 25, we would have lost a relatively unknown, local market TV anchorwoman. If we had lost Malcolm X at 25, we would have lost a hustler nicknamed Detroit Red. And if I had left the world at 25, we would have lost a big-band trumpet player and aspiring composer--just a sliver of my eventual life potential."

From the Foreword by Quincy Jones

The real story of Tupac's murder may not ever emerge. This may be the only lasting testament to the many faces of Tupac Shakur--of a life lived fast and hard, of a man cloaked in contradictions. A young man who was just starting to come into his own.

"I believe that everything you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer for it. But in my heart, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven." Tupac Shakur, June 1996

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Got Your Back
June 1998
224 Pages
Frank Alexander
St Martins Press
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Rebel for the Hell Of It
September 1997
200 Pages
Armond White
Thunder's Mouth Press
rebel.gif Tupac Shakur has been deified as a Renaissance man in gansta rap. Paralleling his fame were a series of court and jail appearances and physical attacks which ended when he was gunned down on a Las Vegas street. In this first, full-length biography of the rapper, critic Armond White attempts to make sense of Shakur's life and death, examining the larger issues of rap and ghetto culture, exploitation in the music industry, and the black struggle for self-expression. Movie rights sold to HBO. 16 photos.

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Tough Love
November 1996
Alexander Publishing Group
tough.gif I was disappointed because this book was not about Tupac Shakur, but uses the death of Tupac as a metaphor, for the problems of young black youth in America. An " I told you so." , documentation, that I personnally disagreed with, but more importantly, this book had no facts about Tupac's life, music, upbringing, etc. It simply used a tragic, sad and hurtful incident, to get it's own point across and Tupac's name to sell books. If you are a 2Pac fan, you will be very disappointed and waste your money. If you just wanted to learn more about the rap artist, you will still be disappointed. Since, there is no information about Tupac Shakur in this writting

 
Have Gun Will Travel
March 1998
288 Pages
havegun.gif No one more epitomized the world of gangsta rap than Suge Knight, the often brutal CEO of Death Row Records. Author Ronin Ro shows courage in detailing the frightening means used by Knight to corner the market on the most hard-core of urban music. It's a tale that reads like it was written by the bastard offspring of Horatio Alger and Quentin Tarantino. Knight's forceful style and legal entanglements have been the stuff of legend for years. Most music reporters, coming face to face with the thugs who enforced the rules at Death Row, have been afraid to tell the story. With Knight safely behind bars and Death Row in disrepair, Ronin Ro finally has the chance to put this violent soap opera in print.

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