Rikers Island is the centerpiece of the New York City Department of Corrections, a sprawling prison city of concrete and steel with housing for than , inmates Early in , 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 the 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 , 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 th,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 Angela Ardis is an author, screenwriter, actress and model


10 thoughts on “Inside A Thug's Heart

  1. Kinga Kinga says:

    This book is pretty much every teenage girl fantasy come true Angela Ardis was an ordinary woman who decided to write a letter to 2Pac, when he was in prison The whole thing was a result of a bet Ardis had with her co workers She was prepared to lose it but then, shockingly, 2Pac called her back And this is how 2Pac and Ardis became pen pals 2Pac had quite some time on his hands, so he could write her letters and poems to entertain himself, and Ardis was having an epistolary affair with the This book is pretty much every teenage girl fantasy come true Angela Ardis was an ordinary woman who decided to write a letter to 2Pac, when he was in prison The whole thing was a result of a bet Ardis had with her co workers She was prepared to lose it but then, shockingly, 2Pac called her back And this is how 2Pac and Ardis became pen pals 2Pac had quite some time on his hands, so he could write her letters and poems to entertain himself, and Ardis was having an epistolary affair with the world number 1 bad boy They were both winning.Women love celebrities and they love men in prison A celebrity in prison It hardly gets better than this The reason women love men in prison is because men in prison are what women want men to be They won t try to have sex with you for the simple reason that they can t, they are behind bars Men in prison can only talk and listen, words is all that they have So all their concentration goes into talking and listening They will write you letters What other man will write you letters these days Only a man in prison Taking all that into consideration, you will be hardly surprised to learn that Ardis ditched the perfectly sweet guy she was dating and got carried away.It reminded me of my private obsession with 2Pac When I was about 13 I was quite positive we would get married one day If you think it a bit weird that a little white girl in post communist Poland was in love with 2Pac, let me just tell you that the only language this little book has been translated to was Polish There was quite of a cult following of 2Pac in Poland back in the day.What s interesting about 2pac s and Ardis correspondence is that after the first letter Ardis sent him, which consisted of a few rather uninspired lines, 2Pac was relocated a few times and Ardis letters weren t reaching him This, however, didn t stop him from writing to her 2Pac was going deeper and deeper into the whole thing without any activity on her part This leads me to conclusion that Ardis could ve been anyone 2Pac was just lonely and sad, and probably quite bored This provided entertainment and opportunity to create an ideal partner who he could write to.I mean, their whole correspondence is soft porn intercepted with assurances about how real their thing is There is no real substance to it, no firm base to build any meaningful relationship It was just like an endless r n b song where they constantly repeated how much they were feeling each other It seemed to me it just provided 2Pac with an outlet for his creativity He was an artist and on that occasion he decided to play a game of seduction At some point, 2Pac admits to Ardis that there is another woman in his life, whom he calls Queen He then goes into some very illogical, juvenile explanations of how all three of them could live happily ever after Ardis, despite her slight infatuation and 2Pac s celebrity status, calls bullshit Then 2Pac complains that women always say they want honesty but when they get it, they can t handle it Of all the stupid lines, this one must be my favourite Women want honesty, but not just in words, in actions too If you are a dick and tell me honestly about it, it doesn t make it better It doesn t make you an honest man, you re actually still a dick.Anyway, beware of men who call you Queen That s usually a sign of something fishy going on I was dating this guy once who was calling me a princess and telling me I was his only Princess And guess what, I WAS his only Princess Because the other two were called, respectively, Queen and Wifey Inside a Thug s Heart was quite a short book If I don t stop writing this review soon, it will probably be just as long as the book Ardis tried to stretch it out by including her reveries that featured 2pac, their imaginary conversations and loves scenes Ah, I remember I used to have loads of those with Ginuwine when I was 16 And you know how the whole thing ended She went to visit him in prison, they kissed, and then he never called her or written her again Men, eh Sometime later he got shot, so girlfriend could at least cash in on the whole thing.As a matter of fact, this gives me an idea Do you know of any celebrities that are currently in prison Didn t Wesley Snipes get busted for tax evasion or something


  2. Jessy Wilcox Jessy Wilcox says:

    I picked up this book and absolutley could not put it down I read the whole entire book in just two days I was glued to it,it was so interesting and so real, It told his whole story, and every letter he sent back and forth from his girlfriend while being imprisoned,had copies of real letters and poetry he wrote himself, in his handwriting He is an amazing poet, he was real and inspirational I cried throughout this book, there was many parts where it was very emotional and while I was reading I picked up this book and absolutley could not put it down I read the whole entire book in just two days I was glued to it,it was so interesting and so real, It told his whole story, and every letter he sent back and forth from his girlfriend while being imprisoned,had copies of real letters and poetry he wrote himself, in his handwriting He is an amazing poet, he was real and inspirational I cried throughout this book, there was many parts where it was very emotional and while I was reading it, i felt like i could feel every feeling and emotion he did I give this book 5 stars, and I wish he was still alive He would be inspiring and giving people hope still to this day That is all


  3. Casey Wesley Casey Wesley says:

    This book is one of my favorites It gives you pomes and letters that the artist know as Tupac, wrote to a women named Angela, from Rikers Islans Prison In the book are real poems and letters It all started as a bet with a women and her friends and ended up as a physical relationship from prison and ended up on the outside This story goes back and forth between the two, throughout Tupac s time in prison.They shared a daily exchange of letters, poem, and phone calls The increasingly passionat This book is one of my favorites It gives you pomes and letters that the artist know as Tupac, wrote to a women named Angela, from Rikers Islans Prison In the book are real poems and letters It all started as a bet with a women and her friends and ended up as a physical relationship from prison and ended up on the outside This story goes back and forth between the two, throughout Tupac s time in prison.They shared a daily exchange of letters, poem, and phone calls The increasingly passionate and personal calls touched on every level imaginable His letters reflect on how he felt about being shot five times and being left for dead in New York in 1994 He was shot on September 7th, 1996 and died a week later from his injuries His murder remians unsolved This book gives every fan a rare look inside the mind and unbroken spirit of a passionate and unpredictable musical icon I love this book This my third time reading it


  4. Leon McClain Leon McClain says:

    This book really made me understand Tupac and his life better The poems in this book are good I think if you liked the poems in The Rose That Grew From Concrete then you ll like the poems in this book This book also has a nice story to it as well.


  5. Jenne Jenne says:

    This book is about the correspondence between Tupac and a woman who began to write to him when he went to jail.


  6. Nestor Cortez Nestor Cortez says:

    a wonderful story on how two distant souls can connect so deeply to each other via letters one in prison and the other out in the world but that doesn t stop them from wanting each others company


  7. LiteraryMarie LiteraryMarie says:

    How many of your conversations with friends started off with I bet you won t How many dares bets involved a celebrity In 1995, Angela Ardis accepted a bet to try and reach rapper, poet and actor Tupac Shakur even though he was incarcerated in Rikers Island, New York City s primary jail complex She sent a brief letter with her contact information and a photograph A few days later there was a message waiting on her answering machine Hi, Angela This is Tupac And so an intense pen pal r How many of your conversations with friends started off with I bet you won t How many dares bets involved a celebrity In 1995, Angela Ardis accepted a bet to try and reach rapper, poet and actor Tupac Shakur even though he was incarcerated in Rikers Island, New York City s primary jail complex She sent a brief letter with her contact information and a photograph A few days later there was a message waiting on her answering machine Hi, Angela This is Tupac And so an intense pen pal relationship develops over the next several months Inside a Thug s Heart includes original poems and letters by Tupac Shakur and Angela Ardis The letters reflect their growing unorthodox bond and feelings on life, sex and personal matters If you ve ever read Tupac s poetry or didthan just skim through his lyrics, you would recognize his words and appreciate the access this book provides However, don t assume that Angela Ardis was the girlfriend we never heard about Tupac made it clear there was a Queen in his life and his relationship with Angela was special, yet separate Although the book didn t divulge super secrets, Tupac stressed in his letters that they should not be shared It made me wonder if he would approve of this book being published Even though the acknowledgements begin with thanking Afeni Shakur, Tupac s mother, for allowing the book to see the light of day Hmmm It s not the usual fan perspective unless you include the unnecessary breaks in correspondence that were filled with the author s fantasies and dialogue with her roommate It ispersonalized, intimate and offers a little closer look into the man behind the Thug Life tattoo Literary Marie


  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    I was first told about this book in my English class I bought it at the store and I loved it It is about a woman, Angela who makes a bet with her friends to send Tupac a letter he responds to her and they become really good friends They continue to write eachother including poetry in some of the letters She made arrandements to come and visit him in the correctional facility he is in After the visit they stop talking for a while I guess they just got busy A few months later Tupac died I I was first told about this book in my English class I bought it at the store and I loved it It is about a woman, Angela who makes a bet with her friends to send Tupac a letter he responds to her and they become really good friends They continue to write eachother including poetry in some of the letters She made arrandements to come and visit him in the correctional facility he is in After the visit they stop talking for a while I guess they just got busy A few months later Tupac died I recommend this book for people to read because it takes you inside the mind of Tupac A lot of people compare him to his music and whatever he raps is what he is To find outabout the real Tupac Shakur you need to read this book


  9. Zack Zack says:

    like it a lot really interesting important historical document but also trashy romance in a way too i LIKED the trashy romance stuff lot s of complex interesting stuff about race and patriarchy very gritty and romantic at the same time both of them were really smart and creative and it s fun to see them interact.


  10. Ellie Ellie says:

    This book tells the story of a lovestruck girl who makes good on a bet to write 2Pac in prison He writes back, and what ensues is a series of letters and phone calls mixed with her fantasies The book doesn t contain anything special, and it ends exactly how you would predict it would, with the celebrity ditching the girl.