Inside a Thug's Heart

Inside a Thug's Heart

by Angela Ardis


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Rikers Island is the centerpiece of the New York City Department of Corrections, a sprawling prison city of concrete and steel with housing for more than 16,000 inmates. Early in 1995, it was also the temporary home of legendary rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, incarcerated for a crime he swore he did not commit. And it was there that Angela Ardis, acting on a late-night wager among her friends and coworkers, sent a letter, along with a photo and her phone number. To her utter delight and amazement, Angela's phone rang a short while later. Tupac Shakur was on the line. Over the next several months, Angela and Tupac shared a near-daily exchange of letters, poems and phone calls, and their relationship quickly grew into something neither of them could quite define, a kinship of souls that touched each in unexpected ways. Those original poems and letters, many of them written after Tupac's transfer from Rikers to Dannemora State Prison, are presented here, along with the increasingly passionate and personal phone calls that touched on every subject imaginable. Far from the media spotlight, Tupac was by turns playful, sensual and serious, offering sharp observations on prison, music and the uncertainties of life. His letters to Angela reflect how he felt about being shot five times and left for dead one terrible night in New York in 1994, and his heartfelt verse encapsulates his dreams for the future -- a future that would be so tragically cut short just over eighteen months after their correspondence began. Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7th, 1996 and died a week later from his injuries. His murder remains unsolved, an ending as enigmatic as his life. But while Tupac may be gone, his words live on here, giving every fan a rare glimpse inside the mind and unbroken spirit of a passionate and unpredictable musical icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496718679
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 178,217
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Angela Ardis is an author, screenwriter, actress and model.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.The Bet1
Chapter 2.The Call11
Chapter 3.The First Letter Exchange21
Chapter 4.Tupac Reaches Out29
Chapter 5.Our Letters Cross47
Chapter 6.Misunderstood58
Chapter 7.A Request72
Chapter 8.Getting Personal (and Shocked)90
Chapter 9.Trying to Get to the Bottom of It113
Chapter 10.An Invitation126
Chapter 11.Thug Mansion132
Chapter 12.Getting Really Personal138
Chapter 13.Getting Heavier155
Chapter 14.Anticipation178
Chapter 15.He Truly Needed a Hug190
Chapter 16.I Send an Invitation202
Chapter 17.Another Shocking Discovery212
Chapter 18.The Trip222
Chapter 19.The Visit226
Chapter 20.Release236

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Inside a Thug's Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a realist with no aspiration for commitment, very little interest in relationships, and a minimal amount in sex. But a friend of mine is a hopeless romantic. She always tells me stories of strange things she's done (engaged after a month, living with dude after two) and I shake my head and start advice with 'You need to...' Angela Ardis reminds me of my friend of 15 years. But somehow, I managed to root for Angela even with my apprehensions about Tupac's ideas on relationships, his 'queen'-wife, his poem where he drools (UGH!) and grinned from ear to ear with every letter HE WROTE. I knew the man was funny, but he's hilarious! I found out Angela is an intriguing poet, but was bored and ignored her romance stories (too cliche). I thought Tanya was entertaining and reminded me of me. I was really burnt out around the 'keeping it real about his Queen' chapter. I wanted to shelf the book right there. But I hate to stop reading a book, especially this one with so much potential. So I kept highlighting my favorite lines. The beginning **** The middle * The end? Wow. I could read this book beginning AND end midnight-style (Angela knows that means 20 times) and still grin about it (minus the feces section! Girl, YOU NEEDED to leave that out!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book i felt that boths characters shared many similarities with my own self. The story of a girl taking a chance to contact someone who is practuically untoubable and getting through to tupac relates with many personal experience that I have had. The poetry and stories that the two share seals the bond of mutual friends to signifigant others was a aspect to the story. Though very sexual oriented the events that take place are not distracted by the amount of sexual content. I liked the book and how personal both Angela and Tupac got before even meeting eachother shows how communication other than face to face speaking can get through to others.
PennyLove More than 1 year ago
Tupac's poetry make this book worth reading. Some of it quite beautiful. Other times, I found his letters to be explicit and quite graphic. Every now and again, I'd catch a glimpse of Tupac, the real person, when he wasn't busy getting his sensual seduction on. Every now and then, he'd let Angela (the author) peep him out a bit as far as showing true emotion about his circumstances and his views on certain things as a man. He was quite complex and deep and at the same time he was silly and free spirited. Angela does her share of letter writing and poetry writing, too. But it is Tupac who is gifted with the pen and that gives the book what little substance it has.
buffy_20 More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in the 10th grade it made me look at him as more of a man than just an this book he was touching so real so close to me in my heart...thank you...8-D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a reader and i read this book in a day. I have always loved everything about Pac and this book made me feel his emotions, his ways, him. Ahha im sure im not the only one but during some parts it got me 'excited'...ummmhummm..i do recommend this book very much...yeee
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before i read this book i always thought Tupac was a bad example to people and he didnt take anything serious but when i read this book i felt exactly wat tupac was sayen it was like when he laughed i did and when he was hurt i was hurt ...this book is really good and its werth buying and reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! I was in love with the book from the first time I read it...I could not put it down and I finished it in hours... I love his lyrics and he was such a romantic. Its nice to see this side of the 'Thug'. He was a beautiful person and he had so much talent. I would have loved to experienced what Angela experienced. It was just amazing... My favorite poem is on page 169...I love his use of language and that he was more interested in a woman's mind than her body... RIP Tupac...we miss you..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soooo good, I couldn't put it down. I dont really like to read much but when this book was put in my hands i started reading and didn't stop till i was done. This book shows a different side of Tupac. i really enjoyed it, id recommend anyone to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Loved This Book from Page One It was Great, It was so Great And Well Published I read it In one day .I always Talk We the Author Angela Ardis A Wonderful Author Keep UP the Good Work Dr.Tia
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I didn't think it was all that. But once I found out what it was mostly about I couldn't put the book down. It was just that good.
worm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is friggen hillarious. The photocopies of Tupac's love letters written to some girl he's never met while he's in prison couldnt be funnier. The author's romance-novel intermissions can be skipped entirely. Still trying to figure out if they ever got together after his prison release or if that was one of her fantasies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible. I nearly cried after Angela found out Pac died and the last poem for him was beautiful. Pac was such a beautiful spirit.
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I jus wanna say that when i first got this book,and started to read it, i could not put it down til' i was done! The whole thibg was a shock...I was surprised that he was such a freak! But this book touched me on another level. I am a huge 2pac Fan! This book was a treat for me, it let me see a side to him that was sweet. So, yeah....I loved this book!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is real . It shows that even the most thugged out people have a soft side. They to need people to love them and be close to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think that it gave us a good insite to what was goin on in Tupacs head while he was in prison for the crime that he didnt commit. I like how it shows a good side to Tupac that the media would have never let be seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book gave the insight into a thugs heart. it shows you how he was as a man behind bars and what he really felt towards one of his fans when he needed them most. it shows how much of a romantic he really was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives a great deal of insight into his life and heart, the tupac that the media never cared to portray. It is great,the day I got it and stayed up till 3 am reading, I just couldn't put it down.