by the editors of Vibe
"The tragedy of Tupac is that his untimely passing is representative of too many young black men in this country....If we had lost Oprah Winfrey at 25, we would have lost a relatively unknown, local market TV anchorwoman. If we had lost Malcolm X at 25, we would have lost a hustler nicknamed Detroit Red. And if I had left the world at 25, we would have lost a big-band trumpet player and aspiring composerójust a sliver of my eventual life potential."
From the Foreword by Quincy Jones
The real story of Tupac's murder may not ever emerge. This may be the only lasting testament to the many faces of Tupac Shakuróof a life lived fast and hard, of a man cloaked in contradictions. A young man who was just starting to come into his own.
"I believe that everything you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer for it. But in my heart, I believe what I'm doing is right. So I feel like I'm going to heaven."
Tupac Shakur, June 1996
Paperback: 159 pages