Tupac Poetry Book Due In November

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the death of rapper-actor Tupac Shakur at the age of 25. The much-respected artist died a week after having been shot four times in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand. In the time since his death, his legend has only grown, and his fans' appetites for unreleased recordings, unseen video footage and other insights into his life has only grown more voracious.

This fall, fans may get some very different insight into the mind of the slain rapper, when a book of his unpublished poetry will be released. To be titled "The Rose That Grew From Concrete," the hardcover book will be published by Pocket Books' MTV imprint in November and will contain 72 poems written by Shakur when he was 19, all presented in his own handwriting.

The book, which until now has been in the safekeeping of his first professional manager, Leila Steinberg, has been in the works for some time; Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur,

spoke with MTV News about the project over a year ago (see "Tupac To Live On In Poetry").

Since his death, there have been two authorized Tupac CD releases: 1997's "R U Still Down? (Remember Me)" and 1998's "Greatest Hits," the latter of which contained four previously unheard recordings. The extremely prolific artist also cut vocals for a number of other projects before his death; in the past few years, his contributions have surfaced on a number of albums, including releases by Daz Dillinger and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (see "Tupac Turns Up On Daz's Solo Debut").

Due in the future are collaborations between Shakur and MC Hammer for Hammer's next album, to be titled "War Chest: Turn of the Century" (see "New MC Hammer Album To Feature Unreleased Tupac Collaborations").