Synopses & Reviews
The ever-controversial Shakur offers a great occasion for a close, passionate reading of rap and ghetto culture. Whites understanding of Tupacs art will uncork the bottled up rage and confusion that attends the way hip-hop culture is produced and received. Rebel details each step in Shakurs development, from his early exposure to racism and political activism to his move from New York to the West Coast and his innovative work with early hip hop culture and music. Through connections drawn between Shakur and Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Sister Souljah, White examines Shakurs life as a prism for the hip-hop world. Photographs, a useful chronology of important dates in the life of Shakur, and an updated discography and filmography of his career as a rapper and actor are included. Talk about diversity, talk about identity, talk about iconsWhites in-depth look at Tupac Shakur talks about all of em.Booklist White has written a nuanced, expansive and impassioned study of the life and art of Tupac Shakur.Tyrone Williams, Metro Times Literary Quarterly Rebel ... is a means of analyzing the rage, fatalism and rootlessness of the contemporary rap scene.Select Magazine
'Rebel for the Hell of It: The Life of Tupac Shakur' is a biography of the mega-star rapper who was gunned down in Las Vegas in September 1996 at the age of 25. This is a serious exploration of his life and art. AVAILABLE NOW.