I can’t believe it’s taken me until my second read of this little gem to finally put a review out on LibFem. I didn’t even know there was a Tupac poetry book until last year when I bought it as a gift for Max. I’ve been a big Tupac fan since the years of LimeWire when I was about 7 and found myself rapping along to songs like Ambitionz Az a Ridah and I Ain’t Mad At Cha…just picture that for a second. I’m laughing too.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a collection of Tupac Shakur’s poetry from when he was about 19 years old and just coming onto the hiphop scene. He was so well known for his poetic skills when it comes to Hip Hop but people always forget about his skill with the written word. The collection is taken from his hand written work and features a copy of the originals alongside the print version.
There’s a sweet and heartfelt Foreword written by American poet Nikki Gionvanni which gives a really great feel for what to expect from the book and gives a little background and insight into how people who knew Tupac felt about him and his work.
Tupac writes in a way that’s almost half poetry and half rap so if you’re into poetry but not hip hop this is a book for you. If you’re into hip hop but not poetry this is also the book for you.
A great read all round and a lovely insight into one of the worlds best hip hop artists.