The short, violent life of rap artist Tupac Shakur was the subject of Up Against the Wind, by Michael Develle Winn, which was recently produced at New York Theatre Workshop. In a swift series of scenes, Winn charted Shakur’s rise to fame, his indictment for rape, his feud with fellow rapper Notorious B. I. G., and, finally, his still-unsolved death in a Las Vegas shooting. Along the way, the playwright offered a tough, unsentimental look at the harshness of rap culture and racism in the ...

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