It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the east coast–west coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg, Irv Gotti, Nas, Chris Lighty, Russell Simmons, and Lyor Cohen. From one of the greatest rappers of all time, the memoir of a life cut short, a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era.
My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy #ad - . In this often violent but always introspective memoir, survival, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, and hope down the mean streets of New York City. A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, from the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history.
For the first time, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Raised in the mayhem of the queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.
Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern RapDey Street Books #ad - But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS. In diary of a madman, scarface shares how his world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country.
Jay-z and "Smile" feat. One of rolling stone’s best music books of 2015from geto boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance.
Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap #ad - Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include "on My Block, " "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" made famous in the cult film Office Space. The former president of def jam south, ice cube and Nas, he's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West, and had many solo hits such as "Guess Who's Back" feat.
It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression. Passionately exploring and explaining the roots and influences of rap culture, and life on the south side Houston, the business, the streets, Diary of a Madman is the story of hip-hop-the music, Texas.
Raw: My Journey into the Wu-TangPicador #ad - Remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story—until now. Raised by a single mother and forced to reckon with the hostile conditions of project life, U-God learned from an early age how to survive. But, inspectah deck, ol’ dirty bastard, raekwon, gza, method man, Ghostface Killah, along the way, he met and befriended those who would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, and Masta Killa.
And surviving in new york city in the 1970s and 1980s was no easy task—especially as a young black boy living in some of the city’s most ignored and destitute districts. Lamont “u-god” hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in 1970 Here, for the first time, the quiet one speaks. Brought up by the streets, and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto.
Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang #ad - U-god’s unforgettable first-person account of his journey, is not only thoroughly affecting, and explosive but also captures, invivid detail, from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, unfiltered, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history. A perfect companion read to the showtime documentary, wu-tang clan: OF MICS AND MENSelected as a Best Book of the Year by Esquire"Couldn't put it down.
Charlamagne Tha God"Mesmerizing. Raekwon da Chef"Insightful, moving, necessary. Shea Serrano"Cathartic.
From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside QueensMTV Books #ad - People want the truth. Told in 50's own unique voice, street wisdom, the narrative drips with the raw insight, and his struggle to survive at all costs. And behold the riches of the American Dream. 50 cent has sold over 20 million records worldwide. But i'd be wasting my blessings if i didn't use the attention I'm getting to shed light on the experiences that have caused me to say the things I say and make the kind of music I make.
This is why I say the rhymes that I say. His future plans are to dominate the film and television worlds through two new G-Unit ventures in film and television. And his most prized project: the nonprofit organization The G-Unity Foundation, which aims to better the life of urban youth. His record-breaking debut album get Rich or Die Tryin' has sold over 12 million units worldwide, with the largest debut in SoundScan history.
From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens #ad - I want to explain my environment to those who don't come any closer to it than the records they buy or the images they see on television. I wrote this book to explain the world I come from. It just can't. A tale of sacrifice, transformation and redemption, but it is also one of hope, determination and the power of self.
Get rich or die tryin' that's what this book is about--the good times and the bad times.
Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life StoryShreveport Ave #ad - A pioneer in the south's quest for respect in the hip hop world and one of the most colorful characters to emerge from the music scene which ultimately topped rap charts at the turn of the century, Chad "Pimp C" Butler's controversial life - and suspicious death in 2007 - left behind many unanswered questions, a family divided, and scores of talented new artists inspired by his group UGK's music.
Written by the founder and editor-in-chief of esteemed southern rap publication ozone magazine and compiled from interviews with pimp c himself, family members, and Willie D of the Geto Boys, David Banner, Mannie Fresh, and collaborators like Snoop Dogg, Scarface, and hundreds of friends, Trae, Paul Wall, Jazze Pha, UGK rap partner Bun B, 8Ball & MJG, Too $hort, Slim Thug, his mother and manager Weslyn "Mama Wes" Monroe, Sweet Jones is a must-read for any Southern rap fan.
Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story #ad - . Sweet jones pays tribute to the extremely talented - yet bipolar and complex - musician who embodied the Southern dream.
The Autobiography of Gucci ManeSimon & Schuster #ad - It is “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself” Complex. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. The platinum-selling recording artist began writing his remarkable autobiography in a federal maximum security prison.
The new york times bestselling memoir from the legendary Gucci Mane spares no detail in this “cautionary tale that ends in triumph” GQ. For the first time Gucci Mane tells his extraordinary story in his own words. A critically acclaimed classic, the autobiography of Gucci Mane “provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, detailing a volatile and fascinating life.
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane #ad - . By the end, every reader will have a greater understanding of Gucci Mane, the man and the musician” Pitchfork.
DecodedSpiegel & Grau #ad - Part autobiography, decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics. Michiko kakutani, the new york Times “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.
The new yorker “Elegantly designed, incisively written. So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism. The boston globe “shawn carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z. An impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.
Decoded #ad - Los angeles times “a riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey. Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. Praise for Decoded“Compelling.
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Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical GeniusAmistad #ad - Cool J. On the heels of kendrick lamar’s pulitzer prize, as the world begins to recognize the creative side of Hip-Hop, comes a writing guide from a musician and "The greatest MC of all time, " Rakim. The musician and hip hop legend—hailed as “the greatest MC of all time” and compared to Thelonious Monk—reimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist.
When he exploded on the music scene, musical genius Rakim was hailed for his brilliant artistic style, adding layers, depth, complexity, musicality, and soul to rap. Rakim celebrates the influences that shaped his development, including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets, and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as L.
More than anyone, Rakim has changed the way MCs rhyme. He is not just a great songwriter—he’s a great modern writer. L. Dre, among others. Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, and always, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, the words.
Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius #ad - Rakim can tell a story about a down-on-his-luck man looking for a job and turn it into an epic tale and an unforgettable rhyme. Calm on the mic, his words combine in a frenzy of sound, using complicated patterns based on multisyllabic rhymes and internal rhythms. Part memoir, music, part writing guide, sweat the Technique offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft.
H.N.I.C.Infamous Books #ad - Infamous books' mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new. Is grounded in such common experiences and, like any good work of crime, it speaks to all of us, despite the fact that very few of us can bypass an alarm system through some computer trickery.
Nerds of a feather, Flock Together"It tells the. Urban tale of deceit, greed and questioned loyalty with just enough drama to keep you turning the pages. Literary Jewels"A brutal and quick read. Custom-made for the big screen. Charles tatum's review archiveprodigy, launches Akashic's new Infamous Books imprint with a story of loyalty, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, vengeance, and greed.
H.N.I.C. #ad - Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Cements prodigy's position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn't the only one who can't be trusted. Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, H.
Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold AutobiographyFreeway Studios #ad - Rick ross chronicles the times by highlighting the social climate that made crack cocaine so desirable, and he points out that at the time, the “cops in the area didn’t know what crack was; they didn’t associate the small white rocks they saw on homies as illegal drugs. All rick ross knew was people wanted it.
It’s also the story of a boy born in poverty Texas who grew up in a single-parent household in the heart of South Central, who was pushed through the school system each year and came out illiterate. Freeway rick ross: the untold autobiography is an intimate look at the day-to-day dealings of a drug kingpin in the heart of the ghetto.
Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography #ad - This untold autobiography is not only personal, but also historical in its implications. His options were few, and he turned to drug dealing.
The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James PrinceN-The-Water Publishing #ad - Whether battling the systemic cycle of poverty, record label executives, or corrupt DEA agents, boxing promoters, Prince has always emerged victorious. For decades, serial entrepreneur James Prince presided over Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the first and most successful independent rap labels. Respect isn't given, it's earned.
In recounting his compelling life story, Prince analyzes the art and science of earning respect - and giving respect - and how to apply these principles to your own life. By staying true to his three principles of heart, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God, loyalty, he has defeated many adversaries.
The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince #ad - . In his memoir, he explains how he earned his reputation as one of the most respected men in Hip Hop.