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Got Your Back : The Life of a Bodyguard in the Hardcore World of Gangsta Rap Hardcover – June, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312181116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312181116
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Alexander?ex-Marine, bodybuilder and professional bodyguard?began working for Suge Knight, president of Death Row Records, in 1995 and soon became the friend and chief bodyguard of Tupac Shakur, who was recording for the record company. Aided by Cuda, coauthor with Ice T of The Ice Opinion, Alexander recounts his year with the famous rapper, leading up to September 13, 1996, when Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, Nev., by a killer who has never been identified. Written in gangsta style ("I thought to myself 'Fuck, I can't park here.' It was so nasty, I didn't want to get my Benz all messed up"), the book presents a stunning picture of the "Thug Life," as one of Shakur's tattoos read, replete with drugs, sex and brawling. Alexander admired Shakur for his daring, humor and sexual prowess, and shows him to have been driven, complex and tempestuous as well as generous and caring?"both poet and warrior." A cloyingly sentimental conclusion dwells on Alexander's pride in having worked for Shakur. It also includes Alexander's lament that, although there was nothing he could have done to save his hero, he was abandoned by the Death Row family after the killing, becoming the fall guy who will always be known as "the brotha who let Tupac get shot." Eight pages of b&w photos, not seen by PW.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

This dispatch from America's favorite frightening subculture explores that most necessary component of the gangsta-rap-star lifestyle, the body guard. Alexander was Tupac Shakur's bodyguard during the last year of his life. That may not be an ideal professional credential, but it does lend him the authority to present, with the help of a freelance writer, the gangsta life from the perspective of, uh, security. His contribution to the literature of that wastrel lifestyle's excesses is significant for its lucidity and for his informed musings on the thug lifestyle in general and the death of Biggie Smalls in particular. Conjecture about shifting relationships in the big-money, bitter-rivalry gangsta world gains more credence when delivered by an insider, even or especially one who, like Alexander, professes no bitterness toward past or present rivals. In the welter of books about gangsta, Got Your Back stands tall, not to mention its packing slightly more ordnance than the others. Mike Tribby

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And i think if your a huge Tupac fan, this book is for you.
Bryan Moscoso
I have had the privledge of doing an interview myself with Frank Alexander and he's a great man and honestly loved Pac as a friend.
MCNewYork71
If you really want to know what it was really like to kick it with Pac.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jcl610@hotmail.com on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have to tell you I truly could not put this book down. If you really want to know what it was really like to kick it with Pac. Frank gives a really good description of what it was like to be with & look out for Pac. I also read the book by Cathy Scott, however this book is on a whole other level, it doesn't really talk about theories & all the other hype it just talks about being with Pac, honestly reading this book almost made me feel like I was there; and to Frank, you can't hold all that guilt inside you forever, I truly believe you when you say it was out of your control, you were right things just started coming too fast at Pac, he can't fight all the wars & either can you, it would have caught up to him sooner or later, he knew that, & you know he ain't mad at cha!
Peace, Late, Out!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By chris on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
wow! pac !
In retrospect, I think what stands out most about the book is the fact that it's told by someone who understood tupac, unlike all the writers currently looking to score off his name. He instead offers a blow-by-blow (literally) account of tupac's last few months on earth . If you think you would like to know the real Tupac Shakur, read this. It presents you with the real Tupac and you'll be glad you bought it.
As a sidenote, read around page 83 first. Rest assured there's one part of tupac that the media never got to show ;) Rest In Peace ,pac.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By d perrott on October 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The two books that did Tupac any justice are "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" by Tupac, and "Got Your Back" by Frank Alexander. Thank you Frank for a book well written. May God bless you and your family! Thug Love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Anytime you ever pick up a book and read it, you must realize that it's from that specific author's perspective ONLY. That simply means that whether you like it or not, certain ideas and even falsehoods will naturally come across throughout the book. IT WILL BE BIASED... However, I'm certainly what you'd call a true fan of the late entertainer TUPAC SHAKUR, and I've read TONS of literature regarding him over the years, including all of the recent books, and this one's clearly the best. I believe it's the closest we'll ever get to truly knowing what things were like for him during the last year of his life. Everyone who read the other books, and thought they were better--come on now, how could you say that? They contained an enormous amount of innacurate information. Read everything again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know who the REAL Tupac Shakur was. He was not the mean, violent hoodrat that society made him out to be. Frank does an awesome job describing what it was like to work with Tupac, work with Death Row, to attend the glamarous parties, the meetings and social get-togethers. He also explains what really went down on that fatal night in Vegas and how Suge and everybody else chewed him out about it afterwards. Major props to Frank for holding his head up, taking the heat and writing this book.
Does anybody have Frank's address or know where I can write him? Thanks....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you a walk inside not only the world of gansta-rap but also a very personal side of Tupac that no one else has been able to do. It is so very hard to put this book down once you start. Frank Alexander takes a no holds barred approach towards giving you the input on the last year of Tupac's life. I think no stone went unturned in the writing of this book and I commend Frank Alexander for the courage to do what so many others couldn't or were scared to do. This is the best book for any Tupac fan!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Moscoso on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've always enjoyed Tupac the rapper. The Thug Life, all that. I knew everything about his life. I related to all his lyrics, coming from the projects of NYC. But after reading this book i not only understood Tupac better, but i got to know the real Tupac, the person. The Tupac who showed love to all his fans, and just a plain down to earth dude that had a loving heart. And i think if your a huge Tupac fan, this book is for you. And to Frank Alexander where ever you are I understand, it wasn't your fault. In Memory of Tupac, Only God Can Judge You, Revelation 20:12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I think that this book finally accomplishes what I have always wanted in a Tupac book: the ability to really find out how he was. This book doesn't give you any of that stupid "I miss Tupac" crap. This brotha gives his experience with Tupac striaght up. After reading this book (which I finished in 1 day - couldn't stop) I feel like I lived with Tupac. This book gives the reader Tupac not 2Pac, and you really get your money's worth. I just wish they had pictures in this book.
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