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Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--from Music to Hollywood Hardcover – May 13, 2008

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"Dean's descriptive, page-turning exposé about his closeted same-sex romances with Hollywood and Hip-Hop's leading Black men will be a rude awakening for many and healing for others." (Essence)

"A fascinating peek inside hip-hop's last taboo." (Newsweek) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A fascinating peek inside hip-hop's last taboo." -- Newsweek

"Dean's descriptive, page-turning exposé about his closeted same-sex romances with Hollywood and Hip-Hop's leading Black men will be a rude awakening for many and healing for others." -- Essence --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416553398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416553397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D.J. Frazier VINE VOICE on June 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hiding in Hip Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry by Terrance Dean is an intimate account of the author's experience as an undercover brother. As a child, Dean was forced to cope with issues surrounding drugs, abandonment, AIDS, and molestation. As an adult, those issues still plagued him, but he was able to add sexuality to his list of problems. His fulfillment in having sex with other men would not have been so huge had he not been a part of the entertainment business. But because he was flooded with images of masculinity and saw how the rich and famous treated those who were openly gay, he contrived an artificial existence as a heterosexual man ultimately hiding in Hip Hop.

Dean was not the typical down-low guy though. In actuality, he loathed the way some down-low men lied to their women. He also was not too keen on playing second fiddle to men who wanted to have their cake and eat it too. Dean wanted much more. He wanted real love. And he wanted to know how he could attain that love and still be accepted in a business that was all about images and facades. Through his desires to love freely, dealing with his estranged family, and attempting to find a way to overcome his conflict with his sexual preference, Dean started Men's Empowerment where he invited his peers to discuss the stressors that came with celebrity and/or power. Men's Empowerment became a seed flourishing into other groups that helped communities in New York and ultimately helped Dean do some serious soul searching.

Hiding is Hip Hop was a decent read. It garnered so much attention that by the time I read it, I was so intrigued by the celebrities Dean was not naming and almost missed the point of his book.
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Format: Hardcover
An incredibly accurate portrayal of the industry. Those who make a living in hip hop know that it may only be surpassed by the closeted gay men in the entertainment industry of the Black churches. The book is truly an eye-opener to those who thought their "macho ganstas" were all that.
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Yes, yes, yes, I know. This is supposed to be a serious book about a gay man's struggle to accept his sexuality, and love himself for who he is.

And it is that.

But I'm not going to lie, I bought it to find out which ones of these so-called gangsta hip hop stars is really homo. Be honest! Isn't that why you want to read it?

There are a few names mentioned in the book, but it's mostly descriptions of the stars -- so thinly veiled you can guess who the author is talking about. I'm not a real for real hip-hop fan, but even I was able to guess four or five. And let me say (are you ready for this?), if I'm guessing correctly, one of the people mentioned played a large part in Karrin Steffans' book, Confessions of a Video Vixen!

Can you believe it?

I do!

I'm not going to spoil it by posting my guesses, because 90 percent of the enjoyment of the book is figuring it out for yourselves. But another rapper mentioned is tatooed, and always rags on homos in his raps. Yep, yep, yep!

I heard that the author is supposed to be on the Wendy Williams show on May 13th, and I can't wait!
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I don't really know how to describe my reading experience. It was an interesting read. I can't say it's a page turner. I found myself putting it down quite often but I was determined to finish it. It wasn't good and it wasn't mad. I can't really say I would recommend this book to a friend.
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This book is nothing too explosive or revealing. Anyone that knows anything knows that there is DL activity anywhere, and hip hop is no exception. What was really sad is the self denial, lying, and bigotry that men on the DL often exhibit and the author goes to great lengths to remind us how they do it.

This book was a incredible work of extreme narcissism by the author. Every chapter he was talking about how everyone wanted him and how he got every latest and greatest star. Since there was no sources and everyone's identify was protected (thats fine) it could have all been a work of fiction for all we know. The author is not a "star" himself, so the narcissistic reminders of how great and admired he is and attractive to everyone was extreme.

The book could have been 1/2 the length. Extreme repetitiveness. I really liked this book (for the first 100 pages) then I went....whoa....this is one piece of 1) narcissism and 2) repetitiveness. Also - the book was all over the place. Who edited this!? At one point he referred to white people as "the white people" - thats when I lost respect for him as a serious author.

The only good thing I can say about the issue at hand here, (DL in Hip hop) is thank god Frank Ocean came out recently. Maybe this will make this 2008 book seem dated as (hopefully) more come forward about their sexuality and stop seeing it as a flaw, for which it is not.

Final verdict: junk status
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By Kim on August 1, 2013
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Good book. It would have been an excellent book if we all knew who the heck he was talking about. What is the point of writing a tell all book if we don't know who you are telling on. I think people have the right to know about these down low brothas who are claiming to be straight. If you're going to tell it then you need to tell it all. I gave it a 3 because it was entertaining.
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