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A New Yorker writer’s intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur’s life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the A New Yorker writer’s intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur’s life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the iTunes charts more than twenty years after its release—making it clear that Tupac’s music and the way it addresses systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, income inequality, and a failing education system is just as important now as it was back then. In Changes, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Tupac’s birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, Sheldon Pearce offers one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive accounts yet of the artist’s life and legacy. Pearce, an editor and writer at The New Yorker, interviews dozens who knew Tupac throughout various phases of his life. While there are plenty of bold-faced names, the book focuses on the individuals who are lesser known and offer fresh stories and rare insight. Among these are the actor who costarred with him in a Harlem production of A Raisin in the Sun when he was twelve years old, the high school drama teacher who recognized and nurtured his talent, the music industry veteran who helped him develop a nonprofit devoted to helping young artists, the Death Row Records executive who has never before spoken on the record, and dozens of others. Meticulously woven together by Pearce, their voices combine to portray Tupac in all his complexity and contradiction. This remarkable book illustrates not only how he changed during his brief twenty-five years on this planet, but how he forever changed the world.


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A New Yorker writer’s intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur’s life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the A New Yorker writer’s intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur’s life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the iTunes charts more than twenty years after its release—making it clear that Tupac’s music and the way it addresses systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, income inequality, and a failing education system is just as important now as it was back then. In Changes, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Tupac’s birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, Sheldon Pearce offers one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive accounts yet of the artist’s life and legacy. Pearce, an editor and writer at The New Yorker, interviews dozens who knew Tupac throughout various phases of his life. While there are plenty of bold-faced names, the book focuses on the individuals who are lesser known and offer fresh stories and rare insight. Among these are the actor who costarred with him in a Harlem production of A Raisin in the Sun when he was twelve years old, the high school drama teacher who recognized and nurtured his talent, the music industry veteran who helped him develop a nonprofit devoted to helping young artists, the Death Row Records executive who has never before spoken on the record, and dozens of others. Meticulously woven together by Pearce, their voices combine to portray Tupac in all his complexity and contradiction. This remarkable book illustrates not only how he changed during his brief twenty-five years on this planet, but how he forever changed the world.

30 review for Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur

  1. 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews by Tara aka Queen of Memoirs

    I am a diehard Tupac fan. Therefore, almost any book written about him is a must read for me. Unfortunately, I found Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur by Sheldon Pearce minimally satisfying at best. ⠀ Although the book is written in chronological order, the contents within each chapter are disjointed and patchy. Each page contains the thoughts of multiple people as they share stories from a particular moment in Pac’s life. While the idea of writing a book with multiple perspectives interchang I am a diehard Tupac fan. Therefore, almost any book written about him is a must read for me. Unfortunately, I found Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur by Sheldon Pearce minimally satisfying at best. ⠀ Although the book is written in chronological order, the contents within each chapter are disjointed and patchy. Each page contains the thoughts of multiple people as they share stories from a particular moment in Pac’s life. While the idea of writing a book with multiple perspectives interchanging on each page may sound good in theory, it failed horribly in execution. This unorthodox writing style made for a very unconnected read. ⠀ Throughout the book I experienced a mixture of boredom and frustration. It felt like a bunch of people got together and wrote random thoughts about their experiences with Tupac. They weren’t even good stories at that! Ok, maybe one or two had the potential to be good. But because they were broken into multiple pieces throughout the book, it was hard to really appreciate that individual’s narrative. ⠀ One of the potentially good stories was by the fashion designer Karl Kani. Kani told how Tupac did a photoshoot for Karl Kani clothing. Tupac did the entire campaign for free because he wanted to support the black business. The only request Tupac had was that “thug life” be featured in the ad. Pac even paid for all his own clothing, and never accepted anything for free. I thought that story was dope. It also shows how business savvy Tupac was. At such a young he was very aware of branding! Kani said Tupac’s campaign was one of the most iconic shoots his clothing brand had ever done. ⠀ Another story I found rather interesting came from Richard Devitt. Devitt was a juror in Tupac’s rape trial. He actually shared some very disturbing information about how they (the jury) came up with a guilty verdict. That story pissed me off! Based on the jury’s findings, there was no way Pac should have been found guilty. ⠀ Something else about the book that got under skin was some of the comments made about Pac. I found them a little disheartening. For example, Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard states that Tupac, Kanye and Trump are all Geminis and are all the same. WTF! And Khalil Kain, the actor who plays the character Raheem in Juice, said he thinks Pac was Bipolor. Both of these statements were totally out of pocket. ⠀ Overall, I would have enjoyed this book much more if each person’s story wasn’t broken into pieces and scattered throughout the book. As much as I would love to give this one 5stars in honor of Tupac, I simply cannot. Therefore, it’s 2stars for me. Thank you Simon and Schuster for gifting me this advance reading copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date: June 8th ⠀

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    “If we'll go see a movie about Mongolian nomads, why don't we ever go see a movie about rap music?” So said the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) a few years ago, back when the hashtag #oscarssowhite was in the news. The bit about Mongolian nomads is not hyperbole – we had seen an actual movie from Mongolia about nomads only a year or two before. That's how I ended up seeing “Straight Outta Compton”. I wish I could say that I came away from “Straight Outta Compton” with a profound understanding of the pr “If we'll go see a movie about Mongolian nomads, why don't we ever go see a movie about rap music?” So said the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) a few years ago, back when the hashtag #oscarssowhite was in the news. The bit about Mongolian nomads is not hyperbole – we had seen an actual movie from Mongolia about nomads only a year or two before. That's how I ended up seeing “Straight Outta Compton”. I wish I could say that I came away from “Straight Outta Compton” with a profound understanding of the problems of African-Americans, or something like that, but I didn't. However, through a very unlikely set of circumstances, less than a month after I saw the movie, I met the actor who played Eazy-E. When I told him that I (a jowly middle-aged white guy in a suit) had seen “Straight Outta Compton”, his astonishment was comical in the extreme. He then very charmingly shot the breeze for quite some time with self and LSW before attempting to teach me how to shake hands, etc., in the manner of certain African-Americans that I have seen on stage and screen. I failed the class miserably. “This is not the way of my people,” I explained, as he laughed. I approached this book with all of the above in mind, thinking, well, while it's unlikely that I will gain any profound insights from this, you never know when and how attempting to expand your experience will pay unexpected dividends. Now, I have had personal trainer who is African-American. I started with him at the gym in person, and I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. When the pandemic hit, I made a special effort to arrange remote classes. He is excellent at his job, but our experience does not overlap much, so sometimes small talk is awkward. Occasionally, without warning, he will insert into our exercise rest-break banter a bit of trivia from the life of Tupac Shakur, like, “Did you know Tupac dated Madonna?” (I didn't). I am usually at a loss for a response – a situation he enjoys. He's yanking my chain a little, but it's all in good fun. One day recently, while cruising the latest free book offerings from Netgalley, I noticed this book. I thought: I did not hesitate read a book about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire or the beheading of Marie Antoinette to partially remedy my ignorance. Why not read about Tupac Shakur for the same reason? Also, I anticipated a satisfyingly shocked reaction from my personal trainer when I told him about what I was reading. I was not disappointed. All of the above is to say: I'm a 60-year-old Caucasian with little to no previous experience with the subject matter. I listened to most of Tupac's songs on YouTube while reading this book, and recognized none of them. I did not know the song “Changes”, but, when I listened to it, I recognized it as one I heard often during the troubles which followed the murder of George Floyd in 2020. In short, I don't think that I am what the writer was picturing if he tried to imagine the typical reader of this book. But still, I enjoyed it. If you are as un-Tupac-saavy as I am, it might help you to read his Wikipedia entry before starting. Of course, the Tupac that emerges from the book is a more complex character than that of the Wikipedia entry. In the last year of his life, he seems to have gone pretty deep into behavior resembling the gangsta thug stereotype, but before that he was a smart, even sweet, young man. He went to a performing arts high school in Baltimore, danced ballet, and performed Shakespeare. His high school English teacher remembers him fondly. He showed up early for recording sessions at studios, in stark contrast to most musicians. He was a fan of the soundtrack album of “The Lion King”, singing along with enthusiasm. He was polite to music industry lawyers, even when he didn't have to be. In this book, there are a lot of the references to albums, artists, movies, directors, and other apparently important figures that meant nothing to me, but I was able to follow the story well enough without stopping to search the internet for everything I didn't understand. The book is an oral history, meaning, most of it is interviews with people who knew Tupac or intersected with his life, often in unexpected ways. I thought that many of the most memorable and interesting interviews were with the random people whom fate threw into Tupac's path, for example, the NY emergency room hospital doctor who treated him when he was shot in 1994, one of the jurors from his 1993 trial for sexual assault, the Las Vegas journalist who was first on the scene when he was fatally shot in 1996. As a bookish and introverted guy, I mostly understand the word by reading about it, and I was happy to have this opportunity to take a look into a part of the world that in some ways is lying in plain sight but in other ways is completely hidden. As with my earlier experience at the movies, I don't feel that I have any special insight now, but I hope that reading this book will somehow provide a little puzzle piece that will help widen my perspective, improve my understanding, and increase my empathy. Failing that, at least I can hope to pleasantly surprise somebody. I received a free electronic galley copy of this book from Simon & Schuster via Netgalley. Thanks to all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    There's a distinctly contemplative tone to Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur. If "contemplative" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think of Tupac, author Sheldon Pearce and his sources are here to educate you. "Tupac was like a perfect example of the misunderstood emcee," former Source editor Rob Marriott told Pearce. "At The Source, we could see that he was incredibly intelligent and articulate and a truth teller and very courageous, and so on, but for everybody else, all t There's a distinctly contemplative tone to Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur. If "contemplative" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think of Tupac, author Sheldon Pearce and his sources are here to educate you. "Tupac was like a perfect example of the misunderstood emcee," former Source editor Rob Marriott told Pearce. "At The Source, we could see that he was incredibly intelligent and articulate and a truth teller and very courageous, and so on, but for everybody else, all they could see were the court cases. Dan Quayle is saying, 'There's no place in society for him.' So trying to balance the perspective of who this guy is was a priority." Pearce lists his sources under the title "Chorus," underscoring the fact that Changes is a multivocal exploration of Shakur's life and times. It's neither a comprehensive biography nor an intimate portrait, but a look back at a brilliant artist gone far too soon — the book's publication marks a half-century since Tupac's birth, and a quarter-century since his death — as remembered by many friends and associates. I reviewed Changes for The Current.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Listen to this one. Excellent insight by people who knew him best. He had his faults of course but I believe he was inherently a good man. Miss his creativity and message. I wonder what he’d be doing and saying today with all this going on.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Changes is a dope and fresh look at the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur. Sheldon Pearce provides readers with a raw and unique look at the legend that is Tupac. I am and will always be a fan of Tupac and to say I have seen all the documentaries and interviews about his life and music would be an understatement. And yet this is unlike anything I have read or seen before. I was so intrigued by the accounts from close friends, acquaintances, and celebrities. I felt like these accounts were so person Changes is a dope and fresh look at the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur. Sheldon Pearce provides readers with a raw and unique look at the legend that is Tupac. I am and will always be a fan of Tupac and to say I have seen all the documentaries and interviews about his life and music would be an understatement. And yet this is unlike anything I have read or seen before. I was so intrigued by the accounts from close friends, acquaintances, and celebrities. I felt like these accounts were so personal and intimate and didn't focus too much on his life as a celebrity but rather on the person. I give Changes 5 stars. I feel like fans will enjoy getting to know Tupac at his youngest and understand who he was and how he became the rap legend that he still is to this day. Sheldon Pearce also wrote this book in a way that is like a conversation piece which is so engaging and just pulled me in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Lopez

    Review to come

  7. 5 out of 5

    LiteraryMarie

    Changes is an oral history of Tupac Shakur's life and legacy, perfectly timed for release of the 25th anniversary of his death and 50th anniversary of his birth. The title references a song of Tupac's that became an anthem in worldwide protests last year. It became so popular (again) that it charted on iTunes. More than 20 years later and Tupac's music of systemic racism, policy brutality and mass incarceration still applies. Sheldon Pearce delivered one of thee best accounts of Tupac's life. Ins Changes is an oral history of Tupac Shakur's life and legacy, perfectly timed for release of the 25th anniversary of his death and 50th anniversary of his birth. The title references a song of Tupac's that became an anthem in worldwide protests last year. It became so popular (again) that it charted on iTunes. More than 20 years later and Tupac's music of systemic racism, policy brutality and mass incarceration still applies. Sheldon Pearce delivered one of thee best accounts of Tupac's life. Instead of a traditional biography, he interviewed dozens of people to offer an oral history. He didn't include tons of well-known celebrities either. Readers are gifted with rare insight and fresh stories from lesser-known people close to the rapper/actor/activist. We hear from a high school teacher, music executive, childhood friend, fashion designer, a juror and a pen pal. With music-related books, I like to play the songs mentioned. This practice made Changes even more enjoyable to read. He was a legend before his time and the lyrics remain relevant today. What a genius and true talent Tupac was. Well done, Sheldon Pearce, in telling his story in an unconventional way! Happy Belated Pub Day, Sheldon Pearce! Changes is now available. ~LiteraryMarie

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ramon Kasiri

    I was surprised to see a newly published book about Tupac Shakur the iconic rapper, at the local book store. The title “Changes” came to view and the background of Tupac wearing a hoody, with staring eyes of enigmatic deepness and focus. It was his image of his character named Bishop from the movie Juice, a portrayal that is riveting and engrossing for a first time lead. I instantly grabbed the book and knew I had to read it for myself. “Changes” is a biography progressively rendered through per I was surprised to see a newly published book about Tupac Shakur the iconic rapper, at the local book store. The title “Changes” came to view and the background of Tupac wearing a hoody, with staring eyes of enigmatic deepness and focus. It was his image of his character named Bishop from the movie Juice, a portrayal that is riveting and engrossing for a first time lead. I instantly grabbed the book and knew I had to read it for myself. “Changes” is a biography progressively rendered through personal interactions from those who crossed paths with him during his short and fulfilling life of 25 years. Friends, coworkers, musicians, engineers, a pen-pal, and a “Crazy Iranian” by the name of Gobi, whose book “Thru My Eyes”, an illustrative look into the life of Tupac Shakur, is a must-have for any Tupac admirer. I liked how, in between each oral piece of terse, at times, extensive storytelling, we would also fall into the background of Tupac Amaru 2nd, after whom Tupac Shakur was named. It is with this knowledge of Tupac Amaru 2nd rebellion, we get an overall sense of why his mother Afeni Shakur chose to rename his title at birth, Lesane Parish Crooks. Tupac Amaru was a Peruvian revolutionary, and when Afeni gave her son this newly born name she planted a seed of fate that infused Tupac Shakur his revolutionary blood, besides obviously, being birthed from the womb of a black panther member and the historical and political impact it had on his life. Does this book do enough to demystify his life? To a small extent it does. For some who are so familiar with Tupac Amaru Shakur, it was still a good recollection with a few new tidbits here and there. But inevitably, with most stories of Tupac, it seems hardly ever a time where it goes beyond scratching the surface of his life. But to fully capture the length and breadth of his life was not the purpose of this book and the author Sheldon Pearce makes that clear. This was a sweet scattering, yet linearity of info on his life, nonetheless. As with all Tupac biographies, including “Changes”, they all seem to be precursors to the entrance of Tupac Shakur’s authorized and legitimate biography that is being written by writer Kevin Powell who interviewed Tupac for Vibe Magazine. “I want you to be Alex Haley to my Malcolm X” Kevin Powell recalls Tupac Shakur saying and this with his mother’s blessings several years after. The upcoming biography is a book I’ve been anticipating for damn near close to a decade and hope that the book encompasses every nook and cranny of his life. This is no small feat. And “Changes”, for the time being, satisfies the long and lingering inclination in me to know about Tupac Shakur through and through.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    First thing I thought seeing this cover was what would PAC think of today’s world and how much I miss new music by him. Being a die hard fan I can’t say I did learn anything new about Tupac that I have not read yet. But reading parts of memories others had of him was a fantastic reminder of who he was, how he was judged by music and underestimated in more ways than one. There is more to his story than we know about and he was one of a kind. While I would not call this a biography on his life rat First thing I thought seeing this cover was what would PAC think of today’s world and how much I miss new music by him. Being a die hard fan I can’t say I did learn anything new about Tupac that I have not read yet. But reading parts of memories others had of him was a fantastic reminder of who he was, how he was judged by music and underestimated in more ways than one. There is more to his story than we know about and he was one of a kind. While I would not call this a biography on his life rather shared stories and memories collected and put into this book I must say I enjoyed it. I think we need to listen to his music and listen to his message that today is still relevant. I recommend this to anyone interested in musical history and the younger generation who missed his beautiful light while he was alive. From the words of Tupac himself “We gotta make a change It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes Let's change the way we eat Let's change the way we live And let's change the way we treat each other You see, the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do What we gotta do, to survive” ( From his song Changes)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was really excited when I got approved for an ARC of this work. My brother was a die hard fan of Tupac and I am a fan of the work of Sheldon Pearce so I knew I was in for quite a ride. In the book, Sheldon interviews everyone who knew tupac personally and was a fan of his music to see the impact and the man behind the rap sensation. When This book was received as an ARC from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was really excited when I got approved for an ARC of this work. My brother was a die hard fan of Tupac and I am a fan of the work of Sheldon Pearce so I knew I was in for quite a ride. In the book, Sheldon interviews everyone who knew tupac personally and was a fan of his music to see the impact and the man behind the rap sensation. When Changes was released it was a song that would be powerful and after reading the interviews and reflecting on the events of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it is even more powerful. Reading what everyone said about Tupac really hit deep for me on how emotional and meaningful he was and not just a mogul in the rap industry. I remember vividily when we heard the news that Tupac has died. My brother was deeply in pain and after reading this book, I can see why. Long live the rose that grew from concrete. We will consider adding this title to our Biography collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    I’m a little confused about who this book is for. Pearce states in the afterword that he wanted this book to be more textural, not necessarily a straight cradle-to-the-grave story, and I think the book would be a challenging read for those new to Tupac’s story without the context that a more authoritative or conventional biography would have. But on the other hand, if this is for fans, there’s not a ton of never-before-heard (or, frankly, that substantive) stuff here, either. This kind of feels I’m a little confused about who this book is for. Pearce states in the afterword that he wanted this book to be more textural, not necessarily a straight cradle-to-the-grave story, and I think the book would be a challenging read for those new to Tupac’s story without the context that a more authoritative or conventional biography would have. But on the other hand, if this is for fans, there’s not a ton of never-before-heard (or, frankly, that substantive) stuff here, either. This kind of feels like the first of second draft of a book, where a lot of the background information is here, but the author hasn’t landed that big interview or two that really helps flesh out his subject. I recognize the difficulty of speaking to more of the key players, but I left the book feeling like I had heard from a bunch of people who interacted with Tupac but only one or two who truly knew him. For the die-hards only, I guess.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Tadlock

    This book was a fantastic revival of Tupac from those he worked with and had interacted with. I enjoyed the book even though there was not anything in the way of new information. The book read very quickly, had I not been working and running around I could've finished this in one sitting! Tupac was and still is a great voice in the world of rap and Black culture. I remember when he died. I remember my mom calling me upstairs from my room as I was getting ready for school when Kurt Loder was repo This book was a fantastic revival of Tupac from those he worked with and had interacted with. I enjoyed the book even though there was not anything in the way of new information. The book read very quickly, had I not been working and running around I could've finished this in one sitting! Tupac was and still is a great voice in the world of rap and Black culture. I remember when he died. I remember my mom calling me upstairs from my room as I was getting ready for school when Kurt Loder was reporting it on MTV that morning. I stood in the living room crying. This man was so artistic and grounded that his life meant something to many many people. His art is still appropriate today, which is a sad reminder that not much has changed in our world in 25 years. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeni

    What made this book great also is it's one downfall. Pearce shares quotes from those who had knew Tupac Shakur in an oral history format. The fact that the book is a stream of quotes allows us insight into various relationships or interactions that Shakur had with people from various portions of his life (teachers, friends, those who worked with him) and give us a deeper understanding of who Shakur was from many different perspectives. However, the quote based format did at times make the narrat What made this book great also is it's one downfall. Pearce shares quotes from those who had knew Tupac Shakur in an oral history format. The fact that the book is a stream of quotes allows us insight into various relationships or interactions that Shakur had with people from various portions of his life (teachers, friends, those who worked with him) and give us a deeper understanding of who Shakur was from many different perspectives. However, the quote based format did at times make the narrative difficult to follow. All in all, the benefits of having those various perspectives outweighed the difficulty there was at times with filling in the gaps or transitioning between speakers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Changes by Sheldon Pearce that I read and reviewed. Unfortunately, I could not get the vibe of this book. I am a huge Tupac fan and I have read a number of his works and things about him but this one did not do it for me and I was not even able to finish. I felt the author was trying to throw something together because of the anniversary of Tupac’s death and the recent success of the song changes so he went and looked for whomever he could find and threw a book Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Changes by Sheldon Pearce that I read and reviewed. Unfortunately, I could not get the vibe of this book. I am a huge Tupac fan and I have read a number of his works and things about him but this one did not do it for me and I was not even able to finish. I felt the author was trying to throw something together because of the anniversary of Tupac’s death and the recent success of the song changes so he went and looked for whomever he could find and threw a book together. This book is only worth two stars form me because to was a waste of my time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    kyle

    3.5 stars. I liked the way this book is built within the oral history structure, but I also think that’s it’s main issue. It’s real easy to get lost or confused about who’s speaking, who that speaker is (there’s literally no introduction of anyone), and what they are referring to. If you have no remedial knowledge of Pac or 90’s hip-hop this is undoubtably not recommended for you. That said, this is a super intimate lookbook of every stage of Pac’s short life, that really leaves you wanting to k 3.5 stars. I liked the way this book is built within the oral history structure, but I also think that’s it’s main issue. It’s real easy to get lost or confused about who’s speaking, who that speaker is (there’s literally no introduction of anyone), and what they are referring to. If you have no remedial knowledge of Pac or 90’s hip-hop this is undoubtably not recommended for you. That said, this is a super intimate lookbook of every stage of Pac’s short life, that really leaves you wanting to know more in the best way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Barkatt

    I received a digital ARC from Netgalley. For as much as I love learning new information about Tupac , I really had a hard time following this book for the first 75%. The stories are all over the place, the interviews are labeled as to who is talking but they do not state how they are involved in the story. I did like reading stories I have not heard, as some books can be repetitive. I think a little organization would be great for this story overall.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Speed

    I loved the format of this book; a compilation of interviews from people who grew up with Tupac, and who were with him as he became an icon. The book was honest, heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating. With no added monologue from the author, I was left to form my own opinion, based on my memories and those of his friends and colleagues. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you NetGalley.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    I love oral history, and this is a well done collection of pieces from the wide and varied orbit of Tupac. It explores the contours of the cultures and contexts from which he arose and into which he injected his brilliance (Black Panthers, NY and LA Rap scene, etc) I am not familiar with, yet places the reader squarely in those realms to almost tangible effect.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    it was an interesting read. i don’t know much about him or many of the different contexts in the book. but i liked it anyways. the format of the book seems more suited for something to be produced to be watched though

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Moreno

    Changes is a fresh perspective on the life and death of Tupac Shakur. Author Sheldon Pearce does a great job getting together accounts of his life from people in his life from early childhood until the day he died and how Tupac’s life has been a big influence on the hip hop world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Pesnell

    I absolutely loved this book. Had no idea how good it would be going in, kept my expectations low, but it exceeded them and more. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I love Tupac but I was not a fan of the format in which this book was written.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Koenig

    Wasn’t in love with the formatting but now I can’t get enough of 80’s and 90’s hip-hop.

  24. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Great audiobook sharing stories and info from Tupac’s life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This was good but felt like it’s missing the bare bones of a biography. Would be good footnotes for actual bio.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a great read I loved the personal accounts of Tupac's life from friends. I found out things I did not know and it made me love him even more. This was a great read I loved the personal accounts of Tupac's life from friends. I found out things I did not know and it made me love him even more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Earhart

  28. 4 out of 5

    SDillinger

  29. 5 out of 5

    Graciela

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Johnson

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