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M-One (Dead Prez) Timely and timeless. It's already a classic.

About the Author

Heru Ptah is a Jamaican-born writer, poet, philosopher, and author of Love, God and Revolution. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website at www.sunrason.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743483235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
"A Hip Hop Story" is the absolute best work of fiction focusing on hip hop out today. It is written in a beautiful, even poetic manner. Heru Ptah gives us all things that hip hop covers - battling, politics, loneliness at the top, your crew, the music industry, philosophy, misogyny, and so many more things that any true hip hop lover will embrace. Don't get it twisted, this book is long, but you will want to follow it to the end to see what happens. As you read you'll find resemblances to Tupac and Biggie, God bless the dead. The book conveys thoughts either one of these great artists may have had when they were living. This is also a book for those that may not love hip hop, it gives an understanding of the culture. I commend Heru for writing such an intelligent and thought provoking work of fiction and would like to read more fiction from this author. All hip hop artists should be required to read this book as an introduction into the industry. Buy this book, it will be money well spent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elite artist on October 21, 2003
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Being that I'm not a big hip hop fanatic, I must say that I couldn't put this book down. I actually finished reading the book in one day. Heru Ptah has not only captured the true nitty gritty essence of the "hip hop industry", but created memborable/complex characters in the storyline. This book will definitely be a classic, it's the first real novel about hip hop and mc battles. It's Gen X and Gen Y's version of "West Side Story".
A MUST READ FOR ANY FICTION FAN!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Oliva on November 9, 2004
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You will be full of emotion by the end of this book. Its' about rappers on the streets of the Bronx. If you love hip hop you will want to know what really happens to rappers on the streets. Flawless the main character is seeking respect to pull ahead of the game. Many rappers are trying to fulfill a dream. Who will succeed in this dream of theirs. Its a tough book and romantic in some ways. If you have or had a tough life in the ghetto you will be able to relate to this book. If you're not street smart this book will not make much sense. This book has lots of ghetto words that only certain people would understand. You have to be sure you like books like this or you will not like it. The way rappers freestyle and battle eachother are amazing. You will see lots of talent and greed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 26, 2004
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I want to commend Heru for his novel. I just finished the book and I feel emotionally attached to it. The last time I have ever felt an attachment to a piece such as this was a novel I read in my "Crime and Punishment in American Literature" class. I did not have much knowledge of the hip-hop industry, but now I think I have a better understanding. I think however that the back cover of the novel is misleading, but in a good way. After reading this novel to just simply say it is a love story really does not capture how magnificient this story is. Micah to me is the most interesting character. I believe he is the Flawless Erika fell in love with. As flawless kept saying in repsonse to Micah "this name", he never acknowledged him as a person when he was around or when Erika was explaining her love for him, I think his character was not meant for human existence but rather for a loving spirit that took on likeness to Flawless. I respect Hannibal the most, and I fell in love with Flawless. Truely an excellent book, much success in the future with the movie. Might I suggest DMX to play Hannibal's character?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 27, 2004
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After reading a Hip-Hop Story I was very moved by the creativity and thoughts of an obvious master of words. After living in NYC for many years I have been exposed to much of the culture written about in this book. I am beyond impressed that someone of Heru's insight and abilities can tell the truth so boldly about the influence of the media and critique the politics of the "right" with force and accuracy. I strive to teach my students in a very republican/white suburb to open their eyes and see the world around them. I have my classes working on an original task: "The Malice of Hate" where they must read any book relating to any type of prejudice and write critiques of the media while submitting them to the companies guilty of discrimination and perpetuating the language of exclusion. A Hip Hop Story was my selection, as I model reading for my kids, and it was the best book that I have read since Native Son. As a teacher of English, I know the power and importance of wielding the written word, and Heru Ptah is a master.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 3, 2004
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I bought A HipHop Story,whilst I was on the subway in New York in 2003.I felt attached to the book whilst reading it because I identifed with the characters in the book. I was very sad when my most favourable character left the scene. I felt that the book showed me a different side to love, the fact of being in love and being loved. I felt that I learnt a lot from reading this book.The book is remarkable, reading the book helped me identify with the characters and i felt that the book dealt with a lot of issues which were important to todays society. The issues are important to explore, to give an insight to the readers. After reading the book I feel like i needed another book to fill the void of this book.This has been my best buy to date. Thanks to Heru Ptah for writing such an insipring book, I await his next publication.
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