Long live the rose that grew from concrete, when no one else even cared
Tupac Shakur’s poetry will once again be on display, this time in the form of clothing. Tupac’s estate announced it would be bringing out the Tupac Poetry Collection for National Poetry Month. Their will be a launch event today, 26th April at VFiles.
It’s not the first time the late rapper’s poetry has been in the spotlight. In November 1999, Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mum, along with Leila Steinberg, his former manager, released a book titled The Rose That Grew From Concrete. The book contained a collection of poetry written by Tupac between the years of 1989 to 1991. A year later, an album with the same name was released by Amaru/Interscope. It featured celebrities reading his poetry. This was followed up in 2005 with the album The Rose, Vol 2, which is more of Tupac’s poems being read and performed, with some artists performing their own songs and material that was inspired by his poetry.
Since the death of Afeni Shakur, Tom Whalley, formally with Warner Bros, has inherited the Tupac Shakur estate, including his recordings and poetry.
This new collection will be limited edition and is a partnership between The Estate of Tupac Shakur and Bravado and is in recognition of National Poetry Month. It will feature long-sleeve shirts, jackets and t-shirts with the late rappers poems printed on them. The collection will be available exclusively at the VFiles. At the launch on the 26th April their will also be a special edition of Pass The Aux, an open mic
style opportunity for VFiles community artists.
A statement released talking about the new collection “A trailblazer ahead of his time, Tupac expanded hip hop’s already revolutionary vernacular through the infusion of poetic lyrical sensibility that was uniquely his”