by Michael Eric Dyson
Over five years after his murder, Tupac Shakur is even more loved, contested and celebrated than he was in life. His posthumously released albums, poetry, and movies still top the charts; he inspires countless plays, articles, and fan websites. Who was Tupac and why does he matter so much to us? In Holler If You Hear Me, "hip-hop intellectual" Michael Eric Dyson, acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., turns his attention to one of the most enigmatic and enduring figures of our time. To create his moving and nuanced portrait of the artist, Dyson interviewed scores of people, including Afeni Shakurm Quincy Jones, Toni Morrison, Jada Pinkett Smith, John Singleton, Stanley Crouch, and Maxine Waters, among many others. With his trademark skills of critical thinking and deft story-telling, Dyson's search for Tupac will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who seek to understand him and his enduring legacy.
Paperback: 292 pages