The Rose That Grew from Concrete

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2000
2Pac chronology
Still I Rise
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Until the End of Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyA− [2]
NME(8/10) [3][4]
Q3/5 stars [4] [5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars [6]

The Rose That Grew from Concrete is a posthumous album based on the poetry/writings of Tupac Amaru Shakur, released in 2000. This album features a large cast of celebrities reading Shakur's poetry and writing, much in the spirit of a traditional spoken word album.

It has sold 262,672 copies in the United States as of 2011.[7]

Track listing[edit]

2."Wake Me When I'm Free" (featuring Babatunde Olatunji)5:52
3."Can U C the Pride in the Panther? (Male Version)" (featuring Mos Def)2:57
4."When URE Heart Turns Cold" (featuring Sonia Sanchez)1:38
5."U R Ripping Us Apart!!!" (featuring dead prez)3:04
6."Tears of a Teenage Mother" (featuring Jasmine Guy)0:39
7."God" (featuring Reverend Run)0:47
8."And Still I Love You" (featuring Red Rat)3:03
9."Can U C the Pride in the Panther? (Female Version)" (featuring Mos Def)4:54
10."If There Be Pain" (featuring Providence & RasDaveed El Harar)4:32
11."A River That Flows Forever" (featuring Danny Glover, Afeni Shakur and The Cast of The Lion King)2:20
12."The Rose That Grew from Concrete" (featuring Nikki Giovanni)2:35
13."In The Event of My Demise" (featuring Outlawz and Geronimo Ji Jaga)4:41
14."What of a Love Unspoken" (featuring Tre' from Pharcyde)3:16
15."Sometimes I Cry" (featuring Dan Rockett)3:10
16."The Fear in the Heart of a Man" (featuring Q-Tip)4:16
17."Starry Night" (featuring Quincy Jones & Mac Mall)4:33
18."What of Fame?" (featuring Russell Simmons)0:21
19."Only 4 the Righteous" (featuring Rha Goddess)2:29
20."Why Must You Be Unfaithful?" (featuring Sarah Jones)1:12
21."Wife 4 Life" (featuring 4th Avenue Jones' and K-Ci)4:06
22."Lady Liberty Needs Glasses" (featuring Malcolm-Jamal Warner)2:23
23."Family Tree" (featuring Lamar Antwon Robinson and The IMPACT Repertory Theatre Group)3:21
24."Thug Blues" (featuring Lamar Antwon Robinson, Tina Thomas Bayyan and The IMPACT Repertory Theatre Group)4:46
25."The Sun and the Moon" (featuring Chief Okena Littlehawk)1:56

Chart history[edit]

Chart Positions Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 89 [8]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 28 [8]


  • Jamal Joseph — Producer
  • Tevin Thomas — Co-Producer, Keyboards on "God", " Only 4 the Righteous"
  • Mike Mingioni — Engineer, Cover Photo, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Bass, Vocals on "Wake Me When I'm Free"
  • Molly Monjauze — Executive Producer
  • Herbert Leonard — Percussion
  • Gloria Cox — Executive Producer
  • Russell Simmons — Performer
  • Atiba Wilson — Flute
  • Mos Def - Performer
  • Tim Izo Orindgreff — Flute
  • Dead Prez - Performer
  • Royal Bayyan — Guitar & Keyboards
  • Jasmine Guy - Performer
  • Sonia Sanchez — Liner Notes
  • QD3 - Performer
  • Brian Gardner — Mastering
  • Danny Glover - Performer
  • Taavi Mote — Mixing
  • Red Rat — Producer
  • Skip Saylor — Mixing
  • TuPac — Vocals
  • Chris Puram — Mixing
  • Nefertiti — Vocals (Background)
  • Claudio Cueni — Mixing
  • Val Young — Vocals (Background)
  • Atiba Wilson — Percussion
  • Tom Whalley — A&R
  • Sikiru Adepoju — Performer
  • Juan Ramirez — Assistant Engineer
  • Sarah Jones — Performer
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner — Bass
  • Jeffery Newbury — Photography
  • Claudio Cueni — Engineer
  • Voza Rivers — Producer
  • Brian Springer — Engineer
  • Royal Bayyan — Producer
  • Thomas R. Yezzi — Engineer
  • Khalis Bayyan — Saxophone
  • Tyson Leeper — Engineer
  • Charles Mack — Vocals (Background)
  • Duncan Aldrich — Engineer
  • Nikki Giovanni — Vocals
  • Noelle Scaggs — Liner Notes, Vocals on "If There Be Pain"
  • Q-Tip — Performer
  • Tre Hardson — Performer
  • Erik Rico — Producer


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ a b c Album Reviews at CD Universe
  5. ^ RapReviews review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  7. ^ "Tupac Month: 2Pac's Discography". Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-07.