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About me"It's like if you plant something in the concrete and if it grow and the rose petal got all kinda scratches and marks, you ain't gonna say 'damn, look at all the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from the concrete..' you gonna be like 'DAMN! a ROSE grew from the CONCRETE?'"

About my libraryNote: These books have been cataloged from Mark Anthony Neal's article "Tupac's Book Shelf". They are not the specific editions owned or read by Tupac.

"Tupac's relationship with Leila Steinberg, who befriended Tupac in the late 1980s and became his mentor, was crucial to his development as a reader. According to Dyson, "the most important role Steinberg played in Tupac's life was that of a literary soul mate . . . it was as reading partners that Steinberg and Tupac most profoundly shaped each other's lives." (92) The pair spent hours in the Bohdi Tree Bookstore in LA. On a bookshelf in Steinberg's apartment, she keeps copies of the books that Tupac read (Tupac lived with her for awhile). Included in that collection are books such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Jamaica Kincaid's At the Bottom of the River, Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick, Eileen Southern's Music of Black Americans, and the feminist writings of Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mother's Gardens) and Robin Morgan (the now classic Sisterhood is Powerful: Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement).

Many of the texts cited above were read before Tupac reached the age of 20. Tupac's bookshelf was indeed the bookshelf of a young man who, at his age, was extraordinarily well read and well-rounded intellectually — likely more so than the average student entering in the first year class of most Ivy League institutions. Dyson argues that "Tupac's profound literacy rebutted the belief that hip-hop is an intellectual wasteland . . . Tupac helped to combat the anti-intellectualism in rap, a force, to be sure, that pervades the entire culture." (99)"

- Tupac's Book Shelf, Mark Anthony Neal

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Favorite authorsMaya Angelou, Alice A. Bailey, Nathan McCall, Amiri Baraka, Niccolò Machiavelli, J. D. Salinger, Sun Tzu, Alan Watts, Malcolm X (Shared favorites)

Real nameTupac Shakur

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"I shot Tupac Shakur in 1994 robbery on orders of rap manager, claims convicted murderer Dexter Isaac"


Originally Published:Wednesday, June 15th 2011, 5:54 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 15th 2011, 6:55 PM

>A convicted felon has stepped forward to claim he was behind the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur that fueled the bloody rivalry many blame for the rapper's murder two years later.

Dexter Isaac, now serving a life sentence for murder, told AllHipHop.com that he robbed Shakur outside the Quad Studio in Manhattan in November 1994 on the orders of hip hop management mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond. He said Rosemond, the CEO of Czar Entertainment who manages Mike Tyson and Sean Kingston, paid him $2,500 "plus all the jewelry" except for one diamond ring Rosemond allegedly wanted for his girlfriend. Rosemond turned himself in last month after a fugitive warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to federal cocaine distribution charges.

He has denied any wrongdoing and released a statement saying Isaac was a government information.

Attempts to reach Rosemond Wednesday were not successful.

Isaac, 46, said he's coming forward now because he's mad at Rosemond's claim and because he believes the statute of limitations on the crime has passed. "I want to apologize to (Shakur's) family and for the mistake I did for that sucker," Isaac told AllHipHop in a letter sent from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. "I am trying to clean it up to give (Shakur's and Biggie's) mothers some closure."

The 1994 robbery at the midtown recording studio landed Shakur at a Manhattan hospital with five gunshot wounds. Shakur accused rival rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G" Wallace of involvement in the robbery and took revenge by saying he slept with Biggie's wife Faith Evans. Biggie answered back in his songs.

Shakur was later shot four times on a Las Vegas street in September 1996 and died six days later in an unsolved murder.

One year later Biggie was killed by an unknown gunman in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles."

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