Holler If You Hear Me: Searching For Tupac
Posted Mar 31 2006
An excellent book that examines the legacy of the late Tupac Shakur. Love him or hate him, his impact on hip-hop and popular culture cannot be denied. In addition to his own analysis, Dyson enriches this text through interviews with people who were close to or worked with Shakur, including Jada Pinkett, Mos Def, and Quincy Jones. What makes this book so compelling, and a must-read for anyone interested in Black youth is how Dyson uses his analysis of Shakur as an entry point to talk about broader societal issues: the seeming obsession Shakur had with representing a “thug” life, his views on women, and complex responses to racism, as well as the hero worship so many fans engage in. Without demonizing or glorifying him, Dyson puts Shakur’s life in a context allowing for a much richer and more meaningful discussion of his impact on the entertainment industry and our individual lives.