Former Vibe senior writer Kevin Powell has been chosen to capture the life of slain rapper Tupac Shakur in the first official biography about the rapper’s life, titled “Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography.” A lot of “authentic biographies” of the rapper have been written in the years since his death, but Powell’s book has garnered the support of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.
“Kevin Powell is doing this Tupac Shakur biography with my full blessings,” Afeni Shakur said. “I trust him and his history of documenting my son’s life, and I know he will do the book from his heart.”
During his time at Vibe Magazine, Powell had the oppurtunity to work with Tupac on numerous occasions. “Our relationship began when I documented his journey while at Vibe in the 1990s. And I will never forget being there at that Las Vegas hospital when Tupac’s death was announced,” Powell stated. “He remains, all these years later, one of the most dynamic and complicated humans I’ve ever encountered. I will present Tupac as the very whole and multi-layered being he was, as I remember well his asking me, quite prophetically, to be Alex Haley to his Malcolm X.”
No release date for the book has been announced.