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The King Of Rap

by Delandreas, Year 1, Issue 1

As I sat in juvenile hall, I worried and thought about 2Pac who was in intensive care at the time. I thought for sure he would survive the terrible tragedy which happened to him in Las Vegas.

Now that 2Pac has passed, his death really worries me because of the life he led. I always wondered when something went down with 2Pac (shootings, rape, running his mouth, and talking shhh in his raps) if it would come back on him?

I see his death as a tragedy, because he was a man who had been through most of the things I either witnessed or been apart of. I will miss his voice telling me how to deal with my community. 2Pac was the role model of the people I hang around . I used to be in the dope game real deep, so when I listened to 2Pac it would help me learn how to deal with the game and the people in this madness,

When I think of 2Pac , I think of life and how will I survive it? He spoke about the reality of my world.

I feel like 2Pac is the “king of rap,” like Elvis is the “king of rock n roll” he was a leader in the rap game, because he was his own person.

2Pac Spoke The Real

by Francis, Year 1, Issue 1

2Pac was as real as a person could get! Like all of us, he had a good side and a dangerous side. He was a ghter in my eyes. The good side of 2Pac was that he always told the truth. The truth is so important because we who listen to his music have much respect for him. Even his gangster side spoke about the reality of my streets, the daily horrors of alcohol, drugs, women, killin’ and gangbangin’.

When I hear that 2Pac died, I got so sad. The thought of him being ambushed with his producer Suge Knight, was disturbing, but I still thought he was going to live! So when I heard that 2Pac died on Friday, I felt so sad. I get so sad just thinking abot his loss now. I know in life we are born, hopefully grow up and make something of ourselves, and then we die. We all die sooner or later. So for myself, I must make something of my future so I don’t nd myself six feet under or spending my life in the penitentiary.

In my eyes 2Pac made an impact on my community and on most young people. All young people who live that lifestyle respected him. He was a true ghetto soldier, and my homies and I could relate to his lyrics, because these problems are my problems!

He will go down in my eyes as having much love for the community and that will never fade.

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The Beat Within – Writing Workshop for Teens

Topics will be presented for teens to discuss and write about. The writing can then be submitted for possible publication in The Beat Within – a magazine of youth writing and art from the inside.

3:30-4:45PM  every 1st & 3rd Friday

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The latest issue of The Beat Within will be available for those who submit to the magazine!


Friday, September 16, 2016 – 3:30pm – 4:45pm Friday, October 7, 2016 – 3:30pm – 4:45pm Friday, October 21, 2016 – 3:30pm – 4:45pm Friday, November 4, 2016 – 3:30pm – 4:45pm Friday, November 18, 2016 – 3:30pm – 4:45pm


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