Steve’s Reads: The Rose That Grew Through Concrete

Last week, I stayed in the arena of basketball, as I reviewed the Phil Jackson book “More Than A Game”.     

But unlike last week, I shift gears from the game of basketball to the world of hip hop, as I review the Tupac Shakur poetry book “The Rose That Grew Through Concrete”, a book that I had received as a Christmas present during my sophomore year of high school. However, I didn’t read it until about a year after that, due to having a lot of other things going on in my life at the time that I did receive it.                      

But when I finally got to read it, I once again came away both very impressed and amazed at the talent that 2Pac had, as this book highlights a gentler and very articulate side of Pac, with the former being very contrary to other people’s negative falsehoods about his character.

A few of my friends are big 2Pac fan as am I, such as my friend Nats and my adopted older brother, Matt. Matter of fact, the both of them are such big 2Pac fans that I had to hook them both up with this book, as I let the former borrow it and bought it as a birthday present for the latter. And of course, all of that also caused them both to be even more riveted by the talent that was Tupac Amaru Shakur.

This book is a must read for both 2Pac aficionados and the casual fans of 2Pac, with the latter needing to learn about both the life of a man that was successful in his 25 years on this planet, and the success that he still is through the memory that lives on throughout his work. Plus, it’s yet another indicator that there was and always will be only one Tupac Amaru Shakur. Rest In Peace, Pac!