Rebel for the Hell of It: The Life of Tupac Shakur (Paperback, signed by Armond White)
Rebel for the Hell of It: The Life of Tupac Shakur (Paperback, signed by Armond White)

Rebel for the Hell of It: The Life of Tupac Shakur (Paperback, signed by Armond White)

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Less a traditional biography than an idiosyncratic, long-form critical essay, this book by Armond White (published during his stint as a movie critic at New York Press) concentrates on Shakur's music and acting, inferring his creative motivations and choices based on his life experience, and putting him in the wider context of 1990s America.

Rebel details each step in Shakur's 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 Shakur's life as a prism for the hip-hop world. Includes photos, a chronology of important dates in the life of Shakur, and a discography and filmography.

"Talk about diversity, talk about identity, talk about icons—White's 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

As this book is out of print, copies must be procured from individual sellers piecemeal, then sent to the author for signing, which means the title is available in small quantities and might go long periods before restock. Condition of the book is guaranteed good but may not be pristine. Prices will fluctuate depending on the average price offered by sellers.

7.38 x 0.58 x 9 inches