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Tupac Shakur was a rapper from California, known for his socially-conscious songs that concern violence, racism, and hardship. Outside of the booth, the rapper was characterized for his vocalness on those issues, as well as his personal conflicts with other artists. While Tupac Shakur is most notably known as a rapper, his poetry is also critically acclaimed. “The Rose That Grew from Concrete”, from his 1999 posthumous book of the same name, is his most widely known poem. In the poem, Shakur describes a rose growing from a block of concrete, despite the odds against it. In the end, he praises the rose as an entity of its own. However, when reading this poem, a question comes to mind: is it a short, clever story of an actual rose growing from concrete, or a symbolic representation of Shakur himself? When reading into it further, it seems to be the latter.
The opening lines read, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?” (1-2) The rose that Shakur alludes to is meant to represent himself. This is something that could be assumed easily, but what is the crack in the concrete? This question could be a lot more complicated for someone who does not know much about Shakur. The crack in the concrete is a metaphor for Shakur's background: the projects. The crack in the concrete is representative of the streets he grew up in, from Harlem, NY to Baltimore, MD and eventually to Marin City, CA. Cities riddled with gun violence, gangs, and drugs during his time. Shakur is saying that despite the harsh environment he was subject to living in, he still persevered through i....…...

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